2012 Block 91D Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Los Carneros

Block 91D, Estate Vineyard
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
$80.00  |  Club Price $64.00
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Brimming with sweet fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry and notes of cinnamon and anise, this intense Pinot Noir coats the palate with similar concentrated flavors intertwined with a hint of white pepper and clove adding to the complexity. Mature, smooth tannins create a soft, velvety texture while sweet oak notes add breadth and dimension. This is consistently a bold and refined Pinot Noir.
500 cases produced

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Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC. 14.8% by vol.; RS: 0.05%; TA: 5.6 G/L; pH: 3.72
Cooperage: Aged 9 months in 100% new French oak barrels

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested at night into small bins and transported to our adjacent winery where they were quickly destemmed, but not crushed. The wine went into new French oak barrels for a five-day cold soak and ten-day fermentation; the slow extraction of oak enhanced the body of the finished wine and added to its complexity. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for nine months, and was racked just once prior to blending and bottling.
Artesas 91D block Pinot Noir was planted in 1991 and hangs on a south facing hillside
overlooking the winery. This site is very unique in Carneros for two reasons: elevation & soil type. Block 91D sits on the highest elevation, 420 ft., among other Carneros vineyards. The soils (Bressa-Dibble) are light textured silt loam and different from the common Carneros soils that are known as shallow, heavy clay. This unique terroir provides high drainage capacity and regulates vine vigor. The combination of the terroir, Martini clone, and meticulous farming result in this Pinot Noir that has power and grace at the same time.
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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