2017 PINOT NOIR
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Club Price $36.00
93pts - Wine Enthusiast, Jul'20; 90pts - Wine Spectator, Oct '20
Delicate aromas of raspberry, cherry, and a hint of classic Carneros rose petals set the tone for this beautiful Estate grown Pinot Noir. Polished flavors of brambleberry, plum and lavender, accompanied by a bright acidity, grant the wine a superb balance on the palate. The oak is subtle, with a light vanilla and white pepper notes behind the forward fruit. The 2017 vintage is one of great elegance that amazes the senses and continues to evolve in the glass.
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Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC: 14.0% by vol.; TA: 6.1 g/L; pH: 3.65
Cooperage: 10 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (30% New)
The grapes were hand-harvested at night to preserve freshness and fruit integrity and were swiftly brought to the winery. In the 2017 vintage, about 30% of the Estate Vineyard lots were fermented whole cluster; meaning that in some of the tanks, the grapes were not removed from the stems but rather put into the fermenters with the rachis (ie whole cluster). This technique imparts more structure to the mid palate and adds an interesting aromatic element to the finished wine. The remaining lots were de-stemmed but not crushed, leaving whole berries. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper cold soaked the berries in stainless steel tanks (70%) and Puncheon (30%) for three days a method that gently extracts color and flavor without harsh tannins. Afterwards, the grapes were gently brought up to temperature, and 100% native yeast fermented. We punched down the grapes three times a day to intensify color and flavor. The free run wine was placed in French oak barrels (30% new) for ten months, where it aged on lees, being racked once prior to bottling. Our Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is 100% grown, produced and bottled by Artesa.
The grapes for this wine were grown in some of the highest hillside blocks on our Estate Vineyard in Los Carneros, Napa Valley. Our 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. These vines grow in Haire clay loam soils which produce Pinot Noir with concentrated, bright flavors and supple tannins. Our estate pinot is sourced from nine unique blocks planted with Martini, Dijon 667 and 777 clones. Martini is a clone that is slower to ripen and maintains higher acidity. The fruit makes elegant wines worthy of aging. The 667 clone produces lower yields and smaller clusters that are prone to later ripening. This fruit will provide deep color and structure. The Dijon Clone 777 is the most site dependent and offers small clusters, low-yields and intense color due to the thick skins and higher seed count. The power in the wine can come from this clones fruit.
The 2017 vintage saw generous winter rains that refreshed ground water supplies and led to a cool, mild spring which prepared the vineyards for the summertime heat. Harvest began for Artesa on August 11 and moved quickly. A long, even summer ripening season ended with high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for five days in early August. As a result harvest was completed for us by late September, weeks ahead of usual, and before the devastating fires that broke out on October 8. The 2017 wines show ripe, concentrated flavors and excellent balance.