2013 PINOT NOIR (LIBRARY)
Block 91D, Estate Vineyard
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Club Price $64.00
Library selection, less than 8 cases remain!
Abundant sweet, fruit aromas of raspberry and macerated strawberry, this intense Pinot Noir coats the palate with similar flavors intertwined with a hint of dark chocolate. 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.
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Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC. 14.8% by vol.; TA 6.2 G/L; pH: 3.75
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 de-stemmed, 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 originally 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 feet, 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 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 nights 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.