Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir begins in our four sustainably farmed Estate Vineyards, which are all located within four miles of the Château. We grow eleven different clones of Pinot Noir and each one contributes its unique flavor profile and personality to make this compelling blend which is truly a mosaic of our Carneros terroir.
The 2015 edition of our Estate Pinot Noir packs a full range of red and darker berry flavors. Beginning with the nose one encounters delicate rose petal, fresh plum, boysenberry, notes of black tea and a touch of cinnamon. Ten months of barrel age lends a sweetness that balances the supple tannin from this exceptional vintage producing an intense full bodied Pinot Noir. Of particular note in this edition is the juicy and sweet fruited entry upon the palate, and the vibrant mouth-watering acidity present from beginning to end. The hallmark of Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir is the texture, and this wine delivery with a supple and silky mouth-feel and a long lingering finish.
The defining feature of the 2015 growing season was the weather during flowering. In April we had substantial fluctuations in temperature combined with occasional rainfall that resulted in compromised "berry set." That is to say, we saw a reduced number of grapes per individual cluster. The impact on the wine is substantial as we see the 2015s, across the board, displaying dark color, depth of fruit and a wonderful juicy quality.
Food Pairing Notes
This hand-crafted Pinot Noir will pair beautifully with lamb, earthy mushrooms, or grilled meats.