2018 Starmont Pinot Noir Carneros
The fruit was handpicked then carefully sorted upon arrival at the winery. The wine underwent both native and inoculated fermentation, native malolactic fermentation, and was fermented using both open and closed top tanks. The wine was barrel aged for 11 months in 15% new French oak with 8 months on primary lees before being racked and blended back to barrel for 3 more months on light lees. The wine was racked once more for bottling and bottled unfined.
This is a regional expression of Carneros Pinot Noir sourced from multiple vineyards on the Napa side of Carneros. Ours is a seleccion masal Pinot Noir, not meant to express a single clone or vineyard. The goal of this wine is to retain a varietal correctness with a sense of place. We enjoy Carneros Pinot Noir, because although the fruit presents itself readily, there is an undercurrent of ‘Pinot funk’ and an earthy element that adds complexity both on the nose and the palate. Judicious use of new oak, just 15%, adds both to the nose and the texture of the wine, but still allows the fruit to be front and center. The 2018 is pale ruby in color with aromas of black cherry, kirsch and graphite supported by undertones of a briny minerality lifted by hints of juniper. A tight entry on the palate is bolstered by medium weight on the mid-palate that melts into lingering, velvety tannins on the finish.