2016 Pinot Noir
Block 91D, Estate Vineyard
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Club Price $64.00
This wine offers intense aromas of bright cherry, boysenberry and strawberry, with a hint of mocha. On the palate it displays luscious red fruit, notes of raspberry, cranberry and macerated strawberries, with a hint of clove and white pepper. The mouthfeel has a unique texture, enhanced by a unique silkiness, as a result of the puncheon barrel fermentation, as well as the native fermentation of 100% of the blend components. Mature, smooth tannins create a soft, velvety texture, while sweet oak notes add breadth and dimension. This exquisite wine is a perfect homage to the best Pinot Noir produced in the Los Carneros, Napa Valley AVA.
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Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC: 14.4% by vol.; TA: 6.6 G/L; pH: 3.65
Cooperage: 12 Months in 100% Frech Oak Barrels (40% New) Followed by 6 Months in 100% Neutral Oak
The grapes for this wine were hand harvested at night; from ArtesasEstate Vineyard Block 91D. This block was harvested on 3 different days, due to differences in ripening, with about 10 days between the first and last pick. Brought to the winery very early in the morning, they were carefully hand sorted. The grapes were placed in two different vessels - open top fermenters (50%) and 500 liter French oak puncheons (50%) - where they were cold soaked for four days, and then fermented with native yeast. Fermentation, inthe puncheons, lasted 21 days and the slow extraction of oak enhanced the body and added depth to the finished wine. In the open top fermenters, grapes fermented for 14 days. The wine was aged on lees, in 40% new French oak barrels, for 12 months, and was never racked until blended. After the blend was complete, it aged for another 6 months in neutral oak. By picking the grapes at separate times, as well as fermenting it in distinct vessels, our winemaker, Ana Diogo-Draper, wanted to obtain distinct layers of fruit, texture and complexity.
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 one of the highest elevations in Carneros vineyards, at 420 feet of elevation. The soils (Bressa-Dibble) are light textured silt loam and different from the common Carneros soils, of mostly 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.
Bud break arrived early this year, beginning around Valentines Day, and it was a much cooler 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 and yields were a tad higher and the flavors are phenomenal.