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Los Carneros
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This vintage draws on two distinct vineyard sources which complement each other superbly: Artesas Estate Vineyard (Los Carneros, Napa Valley) and the Sangiacomo Vineyard (Los Carneros, Sonoma). A wine from these two distinct sources is very unique, creating a bright and intricate wine, very distinctive and true to its unique AVA. Furthermore, fermenting a percentage of the wine in new french oak puncheons, as well as whole cluster grapes, added complexity and structure, enhancing texture of this wine. This unique Pinot Noir displays intense aromas of red fruit (strawberry, cherry and rhubarb), layered with white pepper and vanilla bean. On the palate, flavors of raspberry, cherry, blueberry and a touch of caramel. The oak is beautifully integrated and the wine displays a long, elegant finish.
1,050 cases produced
The majority of the fruit sourced to make this years vintage is from the higher elevation blocks from our Estate Vineyard. Here the lightly textured silt loam soils naturally regulate vine vigor and as a result Pinot Noir from these blocks displays immense concentration and fruit intensity. The remaining portion of the blend was sourced from the highly regarded Sangiacomo Vineyard in Sonoma Carneros, where clay/loam soils mixed with rocks and shale, produce an elegant and bright Pinot Noir.
The perfect growing season on our Estate, the 2018 vintage is characterized by moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer that allowed for the ideal growing conditions; consistent and steady. We began harvest on August 21 followed by unseasonably cool weather that allowed for most of the fruit on our Estate to remain on the vine for an additional week or two. This extended hangtime was great for the maturation of flavors and overall quality of the fruit.

Harvest again kicked into full swing in early September and was completed on October 20, about two weeks later than last year. The combination of a perfect growing season and a long harvest allowed for the fruit to demonstrate clean, mature flavors with wonderful balance and acidity. The 2018 wines will show elegantly yet with concentrated flavors that possess so much finesse for years to come.

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