2013 Pinot Noir
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Club Price $48.00
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.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC: 14.5% by vol.; TA: 5.9 G/L; pH: 3.7
Cooperage: 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 Ana Diogo-Draper cold soaked the berries in stainless steel tanks for four days a method which gently extracts color and flavor without harsh tannins. Following a 14-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 blocks have the Martini, Dijon 667 and 777 clones planted. Martini is a clone that is slower to ripen, maintains higher acidity and can withstand heat spikes that could occur during a growing season. The fruit makes wines of subtle elegance worthy of aging. The 667 clone produces lower yielding, smaller clusters that are prone to later ripening. This fruit will provide deep color and structure. The Pinot Noir Dijon Clone 777 is the most site dependent and offers fruit that are small clusters, low-yielding and intense color due to the thick skins and higher seed count. The power in the wine can come from this clones fruit.
The 2013 vintage was an ideal growing season from bud break to harvest. Total rainfall was normal and we received most of it in November and December which replenished the reservoirs, but did not provide much moisture for the vines in the spring. Because the late winter was dryer than most years, irrigation began two months earlier than usual. Bud break was two weeks earlier than 2012 and the weather during the blooming period was ideal for fruit set and berry development. During the summer, the cycle of warm days and cool nightvs allowed the ripening process to progress uniformly. The benefit of an early season like this one is the ability to let the crop hang longer allowing ideal flavors to develop. The consistent temperatures and warm, sunny days, promoted even ripening; harvest progressed with a steady flow of high, quality fruit being delivered to the winery daily after being hand-picked in the early morning hours.