2016 Sangiacomo Pinot Noir, Los Carneros


2016 PINOT NOIR
Sangiacomo Vineyard
Los Carneros, Sonoma Valley
$80.00  |  Club Price $64.00
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TASTING NOTES
This is our eighth single vineyard vintage from the famed Sangiacomo Vineyard on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains. We source the grapes from a four-acre block of the El Novillero vineyard and it is a perfect place to showcase the different styles of the Carneros appellation. El Novillero (meaning amateur bullfighter, perhaps due to the site's history as a cattle ranch) is situated on a hillside slope in the southwest corner of Sonoma Carneros, and is exposed to the cool, foggy temperatures of the Bay where the temperature gap between night and day nurtures great natural acidity. The vines are more than ten years old and the 777 clones on this site produce an elegant feminine pinot noir with spicy perfume, bright red berry flavors and a silky texture that is distinctly Sonoma Carneros in style. The soils are clay/loam series with some small rocks and shale mixture and a 5 ~ 9% slope which provides good drainage capacity for this varietal.
WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Los Carneros
Harvest: September 2016
Technical Data: TA: 6.7 g/L; pH: 3.61
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 25% New

This Pinot Noir was sourced from well-established vines that are more than ten years old. After hand-harvesting during the night in mid-September to preserve freshness and fruit integrity, the grapes were brought to our winery where they were hand sorted, gently de-stemmed, and not crushed. After, they were placed in a mixture small, temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and allowed a five-day cold soak to gently extract color and phenolic compounds that contribute to the finished wine's aromatics and texture. A portion of the wine was fermented in new French Oak puncheons, which gives our winemaker Ana, a number of different components to make the final blend. After a ten-day fermentation, the wine was placed in hand selected French Oak barrels, 25% new, where it completed malolactic fermentation and was aged on the lees for 16 months before being racked only once just prior to bottling.
VINEYARD NOTES
This is our eighth single vineyard vintage from the famed Sangiacomo Vineyard on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains. We source the grapes from a four-acre block of the El Novillero vineyard and it is a perfect place to showcase the different styles of the Carneros appellation. El Novillero (meaning amateur bullfighter, perhaps due to the site's history as a cattle ranch) is situated on a hillside slope in the southwest corner of Sonoma Carneros, and is exposed to the cool, foggy temperatures of the Bay where the temperature gap between night and day nurtures great natural acidity. The vines are more than ten years old and the 777 clones on this site produce an elegant feminine pinot noir with spicy perfume, bright red berry flavors and a silky texture that is distinctly Sonoma Carneros in style. The soils are clay/loam series with some small rocks and shale mixture and a 5 ~ 9% slope which provides good drainage capacity for this varietal.
VINTAGE NOTES

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