Each year we put the spotlight on one of the twenty different Pinot Noir clones grown at Domaine Carneros by bottling it separately. We first bottled the Pommard clone (aka UCD 5) separately in 2009, and since then we have kept our eye on this consistent performer. For those of you seeking a flavorful wine in a low alcohol package – your search has ended. 569 cases produced available only at the winery or through our exclusive wine club.
Aromatically, the nose opens with a burst of rose petals and raspberries. The palate delivers more red fruit including wild strawberry and ripe cherry with a note of fresh thyme. Black tea persists on the finish. For those of you seeking a flavorful wine in a low alcohol package – your search has ended. This wine will benefit from aging in a temperature and humidity controlled environment.
This single block wine was handled in a very straightforward manner, gentle destemming of the fruit and a traditional Burgundian-style open top fermentation that allows the delicate nature of the Pommard fruit its full and unadorned expression.
Élevage commenced with only the free run wine going to barrel. Of the twenty-three barrels selected for the final blend, ten were new (43%) featuring the cooperages of Cadus, Sirugue, and CaVin. The individual barrels were selected for flavor and restraint to complement the texture of this unique Pinot Noir without overshadowing it with too much barrel influence.
Food Pairing Notes
Our winemakers recommend pairing this wine with a triple cream brie and Dalmatia fig jam, and for a main course suggest a rich and savory dish such as braised rabbit or pork chops with sour cherry sauce and polenta.