2013 Merryvale Pinot Noir Carneros
100% Pinot Noir
Deep ruby in color with notes of red cherries, earth and orange rind in the aroma. Medium density, with intense fruit flavors and strong floral notes. A soft and delicate palate resolves into smooth velvety tannins. As this wine evolves, further floral flavors will emerge along with notes of tobacco.
Sourced from vineyards throughout the Carneros appellation, including our Estate Vineyard on the historic Stanly Ranch, 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.
This wine was fermented with native yeast in open top tanks for 15-20 days. Fermentation was completed in French oak barrels and racked once to preserve the delicate and elegant essence of Pinot Noir.