Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir begins in our six different Estate Vineyards which are certified by Fish Friendly Farming and located within four miles of the Chateau. We grow 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 own Carneros terroir.
The 2020 edition of our Estate Pinot noir packs a range of delicious fruit and savory flavors. Beginning with the nose one encounters black cherry, leather, tree bark, and cherry cola. The palate delivers vibrant red fruits including cranberry and raspberry intertwined with silky creamy texture. There is an additional touch of spice and forest floor notes on the finish. 10 months of barrel age lends a sweetness that balances the supple tannin from this exceptional vintage producing an intense full bodied Pinot noir. The hallmark of Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir is the texture and this wine, as noted above, delivers with a supple, rich mouthfeel, and warming finish.
The 2020 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.
Food Pairing Notes
This hand-crafted pinot noir can be enjoyed alone as an aperitif or matched with a diverse group of dishes such as beef, poultry, pork, or grilled salmon, prepared in a variety of culinary styles. Our winemaker TJ loves this wine with hen of the woods mushroom pizza.