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Carneros Pinot Noir 2007

VINEYARD

Appellation: Carneros
Clones : 55% Swan Selection, 15% Dijon 667/777, 12% Carneros Creek Selection, 18% Martini 13, Beba 18 and Tempranillo. Yield: 2.5-3.5 tons per acre

The wine is a mix of blocks from the Las Brisas Vineyard. It is situated about half a mile south of Hwy 121. It is a cool, windy site with well-drained gravelly soil.

PRODUCTION
417 cases of 750 ml

HARVEST
Harvest date: September 2007
Brix: 25 average
Ph: 3.5-3.6

WINEMAKING
Fermented using mostly 12 ton closed top tanks. Peak temperatures were kept cooler than is often the case for Pinot, to around 80 degrees, with a total of about 11 days on the skins. The wines spent a total of about 24 months in barrels. Released in April 2010.

WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTS
”Bright cherry and primary red fruit with a hint of spices perfectly describes this nice Pinot Noir from the Carneros appellation. The bright and vibrant fruit marries well with the subtle and fine tannins. As a result, the wine has a very soft-spoken texture. It is aromatically very true to the varietal and is a feminine expression of Pinot Noir. Served slightly chilled, this wine will taste great paired with crab cakes, porcini mushrooms, or fresh salmon.”