Three pedigree Pinots express our Carneros terroir in distinctively delicious ways: juicy black cherry and red raspberry in 2018 Avant-Garde; silky red and darker berry flavors in 2017 Estate Pinot Noir; and sweet boysenberry and pomegranate in the 2017 Famous Gate.
Avant-Garde Pinot Noir features fresh pomegranate followed by sweet cherries, red raspberry, warm oak, and cinnamon. It was created to be the vanguard of the vintage, heralding the distinctive bright berry qualities of the Carneros Region. The fruit for this wine is sourced from all five Domaine Carneros vineyards in the rolling hills of Carneros.
Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir begins in our five different Estate Vineyards, which are certified by Fish Friendly Farming and 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 “Famous Gate” pays homage to our deep commitment to Pinot Noir. In 1992 we made our first two barrels and since then have carefully cultivated three small blocks of the Swan selection, each located at a different vineyard. This notoriously shy bearing clone forms the basis of Famous Gate, the highest expression of our Estate grown Carneros terroir. With its silky texture and mouthwatering acidity, our finest expression of authentic estate grown Carneros terroir invites enjoyment now and promises further depth and complexity with added cellaring.