Block 12, Estate Vineyard
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
$85.00  |  Club Price $68.00
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This wine offers intense aromas of aromas of wild strawberry, cherry, and a hint of lavender, setting the tone for a very elegant, yet bold, classic Los Carneros Pinot Noir. It displays an incredibly silky mid palate, with polished flavors of brambleberry, blueberry and macerated strawberries, tied in by a bright acidity. The oak fermentation awards this wine a great textural component, while enhancing the beautiful cool climate fruit.
150 cases produced

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Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC: 13.9% by vol.; TA: 6.4 g/L; pH: 3.66
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 40% New Oak

The fruit was hand-harvested at night to preserve freshness and fruit integrity, and immediately brought to the winery. About 30% of the overall block 12 lots were fermented "whole cluster"; meaning that in some lots, about 30% of the grapes were put into the fermenters with the rachis. This technique imparts more structure to the mid palate. The remaining lots were de-stemmed, but not crushed, leaving whole berries. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper cold soaked the berries, in stainless steel tanks (50%) and Puncheon (50%), for four days - a method which gently extracts color and flavor without harsh tannins. Afterwards, the grapes were gently brought up to temperature, and 100% native yeast fermented. We punched down the grapes three times a day to intensify color and flavor. The free run wine was placed in French oak barrels (40% new) for ten months, where it aged on lees, being racked once prior to bottling. Our Block 12, Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is 100% grown, produced and bottled by Artesa.
The grapes for this wine were grown in a newly planted block, to the left of the wineries entrance in our Estate Vineyard in Los Carneros, Napa Valley. As the name indicates, we called it Block 12.
After finding and analyzing various soil types, we decided to divide Block 12 into 4 small lots for Pinot Noir. Three distinct clones were chosen for this location for its unique terroir, which provides high drainage capacity. Two blocks were dedicated to the Martini clone (one of our winemaker's favorites), a block of Dijon 115 and a block of Wädenswil (a Swiss clone, planted at Artesa for the first time).
We were eager to see how each clone performed, and as much as we loved the unique nuances of each one individually, we were absolutely taken by the elegance and concentration of the blend of all 4 small blocks together. So much so, that we decided it deserved it's own bottling.

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