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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Carneros
Acid
0.62g/100mls
pH
3.59
Alcohol %
14.5

2018 The Famous Gate Pinot Noir

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Through this wine, one can trace the history of Pinot noir at Domaine Carneros. In 1992, we made our first two barrels and called it The Famous Gate. For the past twenty-seven years, we have carefully cultivated three small blocks of the Swan selection. Each block is located at a different vineyard; two are in Napa, and one on the western, Sonoma side, of Carneros. All blocks were planted between 1998 and 1999 from the same
source material. This notoriously finicky and shy bearing clone forms the basis of Famous Gate, the highest expression of our Estate grown Carneros terroir.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2018 Famous Gate Pinot Noir opens with enticing aromas of ripe plum, red raspberry, with hints of tobacco and forest floor. On the palate, there is sweet Bing cherry, black tea, sassafras, and a wisp of smoke. While poised and delicious to drink now, this wine is still quite young. Additional cellaring in the proper conditions should yield spectacular results. Enjoy our finest expression of authentic estate grown Carneros terroir.
Production Notes
In this iteration, there are three supporting characters. Of course, we have the Swan (73%), but it is complimented by Dijon 115 (17%), and Hanzell (10%). The fermentation process begins with a gentle de-stemming, followed by a cold soak for five days to extract color and aromatics. We use small open topped vats, and the “cap”, formed from escaping CO2, is punched down three times daily. Our exhaustive barrel stave selection and aging program is custom tailored by fine Burgundian coopers including Rousseau, Francois-Frères, Cadus, and Sirugue which lends supple tannins and warm savory spice. The wine was aged in barrel for 16 months, and the final blend was racked once before bottling without fining or filtration.
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Carneros
Acid
0.62g/100mls
pH
3.59
Alcohol %
14.5