We call it “Le Ciel Serein” and it just might be the most picturesque ranch in Carneros. This site was selected for its rolling hills, diverse exposure, and exceptional soils. This edition offers notes of cherries, black raspberry, cedar, and saddle leather. This edition features the vaunted "Dijon 667" clone, which is widely planted in California and a particular favorite here in Carneros. The pure fruit expression of this clone is one of its undeniable hallmarks, and in this example showcases a mixture of red and black berries, and a burst of spicy boysenberry.
There is a vibrant juiciness that is characteristic of the energy of this 2019 vintage. With time in the glass, the nose opens up to bergamot, thyme, cola, and pomegranate. The palate offers cherries, black raspberry, cedar, and saddle leather riding long through the finish. The final blend enjoyed fifteen months of barrel age (46% new) from our favorite French coopers.
We call it “Le Ciel Serein” and it just might be the most picturesque ranch in Carneros. This site was selected for its rolling hills, diverse exposure, and exceptional soils. The 2019 growing season started with saturated soils thanks to abundant winter and spring rains. Cooler weather throughout the summer meant plenty of time for flavors and aromatics to develop, and an early heat spike in August helped push the ample crop of grapes to full maturity, with a harvest start date of August 15th. September weather cooled a bit for a more leisurely harvest of our chardonnay and pinot noir. The wines that resulted show the unique Carneros growing conditions which produce balanced wines with ample fruit and hints of savory elements.
The pure fruit expression of this “Dijon 667” clone is one of its undeniable hallmarks, showcasing a mixture of red and black berries, and a burst of spicy boysenberry. Two other selections “Dijon 777” and “Pommard UCD-5” complete the blend, and the resulting wine presents a complex array of fruit and spice accented with silky soft tannins.
Food Pairing Notes
Our winemaker recommends enjoying this well balanced wine with roasted beets & goat cheese, or the Pinot pairing classic - a rack of lamb dressed with orange glaze.