2016 Starmont Pinot Noir Coury Clone

2016 Starmont Pinot Noir Coury Clone

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Pinot Noir
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The Coury clone is named for Charles Coury, who brought this clone to Carneros over 50 years ago. Charles Coury identified Carneros as one of the pre-eminent cool-climate wine regions in the world and we pay homage to him using his namesake clone. Handpicked on September 12th, the fruit was destemmed into open-top fermenters--40% of the blend in stainless steel and 60% in oak, cold soaked for 3 days and fermented at an average temperature of 80° F for 9 days using native yeast. After a 2-day extended maceration for a total of 14 days on the skins, the wine was pressed and racked into barrels. The wine spent a total of 18 months in French oak barrels (30% new); was racked once after 8 months, then again just before bottling.

Tasting Notes

A near-perfect growing season started early and saw ideal weather conditions throughout leading to a harvest date of September 12th, 2016. This wine is an elegant expression of Pinot Noir showing notes of pink rose florality, crushed fresh cherry, sprinkled with a hint of allspice. On the palate the wine is fresh, long and balanced with youthful tension.