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2012 Carpenter Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 750ml

2012 Carpenter Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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All harvested together, then split into two lots – one fermented with AMH yeast, the other with 3001. The idea behind using these two yeasts is to let the wine benefit from the structure provided by the AMH strain, while accentuating the fruit with the 3001. It was then sent to barrel for more than 18 months, an exceptionally long time for Pinot Noir.
Everything in this wine tends toward brightness and clarity of fruit. The final alcohol is somewhere around 13.5%. The wine was aged exclusively in used French oak barrels, none less than two years old, with an eye toward preserving the delicate, floral character that is unique to Pinot Noir and is often lost by over-ripeness or too much oak.

The nose is clear and bright and true to varietal character: rose petals, bramble, cranberry. The palate shows that this wine is still young; while the mouth-feel is decidedly delicate, there is quite a bit of lingering tannin. Unusually good acid keeps the whole flavor profile high and bright all the way through with lots of pure, red fruit – raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb. There are tertiary notes on the finish of dustiness and mint. That same trace of mint is noticeable in the Swan Clone Pinot still in barrel.

The youth of this wine warrants pointing out again. Even as it is defined by delicacy and brightness, it has the acid and tannin to age for many years. The absence of new barrels has something to do with this, too. Just as a light hand with the oak allows the fruit to shine in this wine’s youth, it will likewise allow the secondary characteristics that develop with age to emerge clearly. - Winemaker's Notes

Producer: Carpenter Winery
Website: www.carpenterwine.com


Price: $47.99

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Varietal: Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is responsible for some of the world’s finest wines. Famed for producing the red wines of Burgundy and the Côte d’Or in particular, it is now widely grown in cool climates across Califonia and Oregon, and with increasing success in New Zealand. Although typically used to produce varietal wines, Pinot Noir makes a significant contribution in the wines of Champagne, where it is vinified as a white wine and blended with Cardonnay and Pinot Meunier. On the whole, fresh summer fruit of strawberries, raspberries and red cherries tend to be the identifying qualities, however richer versions express darker fruit including black cherries (kirsch), cherry cola, leather and violets to name a few.

Country: United States
Although wine is made in all 50 states, it is understandable, with almost 90% of the country's production, that California is synonymous with domestic wine. As of 2010 harvest, reports indicate that Washington, New York & Oregon account for additional 6% of production, meanwhile Virginia, Missouri and Texas's wine industries are growing to a point beyond that of just a tourist attraction.

Region: California
California is one of the most diverse wine producing regions of the world. Although it has a history spanning over 200 years, it has experienced most of its growth in the last fifty years. The regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma County have become as renowned as France’s Bordeaux and Burgundy. While Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay are by far the most popular fine wine varieties, producers in the Golden State have also experimented with an unparalleled array of diverse varieties, including Zinfandel, Syrah, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo.

Sub-Region: Sonoma County
With a wide range of climate and soils reflected in its 13 AVAs (as of 2012), Sonoma County could almost be considered a whole wine country within itself. It is one of the largest wine regions and significantly overshadows Napa in terms of quantity produced. The main AVAs include: Alexander Valley and Dry Creek, known for good Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel; Knights Valley and Sonoma Mountain, for its Cabernet Sauvignon; and Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Type: Red
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used. Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.