2017 Starmont Pinot Noir Coury Clone

2017 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 6th, the fruit was 100% destemmed into open-top fermenters, cold soaked for 3 days and fermented at an average temperature of 80° F for 5 days using native yeast. After a 6-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 19 months in French oak barrels (25% new); was racked once after 7 months, then again just before bottling.

Tasting Notes

This wine comes from a single vineyard, but we think what makes it interesting and unique is the clonal material of this fruit. A classic expression of the Coury Clone on the nose showing aromas of mixed berries, but tending toward red such as strawberry and raspberry with the herbal note expressing as a hint of juniper. On the palate the 2017 has traded the somewhat rustic tannins for a refined and silky experience which is buoyed by fresh acidity for structure. A very approachable wine probably best if consumed by 2022 to take advantage of the bright characteristics.