Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2016 Red Wine
Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2016
90 pts. Wine Spectator
Saintsbury has knocked it out of the park with this beautiful Pinot! A great example of quality wine being crafted with the succulent grapes from the Carneros AVA. This is Pinot Noir-lover's Pinot! And at such a bargain price, you can't go wrong with this one!
Pretty but concentrated aromas of rose petal, dark cherries, cocoa, anise and cardamom. Sweet cherry and plum entry with a zesty mid palate reminiscent of baking spices, leading into an elegant, lingering finish.
Suggested Pairings: The richness of this wine pairs well with meats such as lamb, duck, and stewed curries, as well as artisanal cheeses and wild mushrooms.
When sourcing Pinot Noir fruit, we seek those Carneros vineyards that offer diversity in both aspect and clonal selection. The result is a complex and vibrant Pinot Noir most reflective of the Carneros region.
An off season with more rainfall than recent years led us into a warm spring. A cool summer was followed by a mild finish to the growing season causing the final ripening to happen at a steady rate and the quality of the grapes to be very high.
Harvest: With little pressure due to weather, we were able to spread our harvest over a 30 day period.
After night harvesting, the Pinot Noir fruit arrives at Saintsbury within the hour of its pick. The clusters are sorted and into small open-top fermentation for gentle punch down.
Clones: Swan, Pommard, Dijon 115, 667 and 777
Terroir: Carneros is known for its loam and clay soils and a mixture of flat land and rolling hillsides, which has the reliable marine fog that rolls in every evening and burns off mid-morning.
Aging: 8 months in 15% new French Oak barrels
Production: 2,611 cases