2012 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Los Carneros

Estate Reserve
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
$55.00  |  Club Price $44.00
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Delicate aromas of raspberry, cherry and strawberry set the tone for this beautiful Estate grown Pinot Noir. The flavors are carried through on the palate accompanied by bright acidity giving the wine superb balance on the palate. There is a hint of classic Carneros rose petals and violets lending a nice floral component. The oak is subtle with a light toasty flavor behind the forward fruit.

Due to the limited quantity and extensive care for each of these bottlings, please allow 2-3 weeks for orders to be processed and shipped.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC. 14.2% by vol.; RS: 0.05 G/ML; TA: 5.9 G/L; pH: 3.71
Technical Data: ALC. 14.2% by vol.; RS: 0.05 G/ML; TA: 5.9 G/L; pH: 3.71
Cooperage: Aged 10 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (50% New)

After hand-harvesting in the early morning to preserve freshness and fruit integrity, the grapes were delivered to the winery where they were de-stemmed but not crushed. Winemaker Mark Beringer cold soaked the berries in stainless steel tanks for three days a method which gently extracts color and flavor without harsh tannins. Following a 10-day fermentation using native and other yeasts, the wine was placed in French oak barrels (50% new) for 10-months, then racked once prior to bottling. Our Estate Reserve Pinot Noir is 100% grown, produced and bottled by Artesa.
Our Carneros Estate Vineyard is divided into many small blocks, each with its own microclimate and terroir. The blend was ultimately created from grapes grown on a hill site across the street from the winery, as well as from vines growing just below the winery. The site across the street has the highest elevation 420 feet of any Carneros vineyard and its soils, which consist of lightly textured silt loam, are different from the shallow, heavy clay soils often found in Carneros. This unique terroir provides high drainage capacity and the vines struggle for water and nutrients; as a result the grapes show immense fruit concentration, and flavor complexity. The vines on the hillside grow in Haire clay loam soils which produce Pinot Noir with sweet, bright flavors and supple tannins.
The 2012 vintage was an ideal growing season from bud break to harvest. The cold winter delayed bud break briefly until spring temperatures allowed uniform shoots to development. The weather during bloom was ideal for fruit set and a large percentage of flowers developed into berries. During the summer the cycle of warm days and cool nights allowed verasion to progress uniformly and quickly. The consistent temperatures and absence of heat spikes removed the risk of sunburn and allow for even ripening. After the prior two late vintages, growers were grateful to start harvest in late August. With warm sunny days, harvest progressed with a steady flow of high quality fruit being delivered to the winery daily. In October cold rains forced many growers to postpone harvest until the wind could dry out the vineyards. A late heat wave was perfect for finishing up the season.

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