2012 Merryvale Pinot Noir Carneros
Dark ruby red in color with some violet notes and medium density, with complex aromas of black cherry, earth, graham cracker, and cassis. On the palate, it is soft with resolved tannins to balance a nice acidic backbone. The wine has a lingering finish of red cherry and spice.
Sourced from vineyards throughout the Carneros appellation, including our Estate Vineyard on the historic Stanly Ranch, Amaral, Mitsuko, Saintsbury, and Huichica Hills vineyards.
This wine is a blend of our favorite Pinot Noir clones, including: Dijon 114, 115, 667, 777, and 828, along with Pommard & Swan. The Dijon clones bring good color, bright focused fruit, and concentration. The Pommard and Swan clones bring mid-palate depth and nuanced complexity, along with great texture and minerality. The grapes were hand picked and carefully sorted in the vineyard and at the winery. The wine spent 14 days on the skins with a 5 day cold soak; was gently punched down and pumped over. The wine underwent both primary and malolactic fermentations using native yeast, and was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (20% new).