2016 PINOT NOIR
Estate Vineyard (1.5L)
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Club Price $72.00
Delicate aromas of raspberry, plum, and a hint of classic Carneros rose petals, set the tone for this beautiful Estate grown Pinot Noir. On the palate, polished flavors of brambleberry and dark cherry, accompanied by a bright acidity, grant the wine a superb balance on the palate. The oak is subtle with a light toasty flavor behind the forward fruit. The 2016 vintage is one of great elegance that amazes the senses and continues to evolve in the glass.90pts, Wine EnthusiastDownload Tech Sheet
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC: 14.1% by vol.; TA: 5.7 G/L; pH: 3.70
Cooperage: 10 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (40% New)
The fruit was hand-harvested at night to preserve freshness and fruit integrity and were swiftly brought to the winery. In the 2016 vintage, about 20% of the Estate Vineyard lots were fermented whole cluster; meaning that in some tanks, about 20% of the grapes were put into the fermenters with the rachis. This technique imparts more structure to the mid palate. 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 four days a method which 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 (40% 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 eight 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.
Bud break arrived early this year, beginning around Valentines Day, and it was a cool and foggy season through August. We had no excessive heat in July, August or September, which provided for a longer hang time for the grapes. The grapes ripened uniformly and calmly at their own pace, yields were a tad higher, and the flavors are phenomenal.