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2009 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir Los Carneros (750ml)
Producer: Domaine Carneros domaine.com
Appellation: Los Carneros - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
Related Ratings:
tasted (2008 vintage, 750ml bottle) : October 19, 2011 , Bill Fundaro
90 points "Spicy and rich"
rated (2007 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 22, 2010 , Vince DiLeva
90 points
rated (2004 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 28, 2006 , Domaine Carneros domaine.com
"Our 2004 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir is complex and elegant with rich fruit tones of black cherry, cassis and violets overlaid with notes of chocolate, smoke and East Indian spices. Round forward fruit on the nose is followed by an extraordinarily balanced palate adding richness, body and a long velvety finish to this wine. To maintain the character and intensity of our 2004 Pinot Noir fruit, the fermentation occurs in small open-topped vats. The fruit is gently destemmed with whole berries. The grapes are then cold soaked for four days prior to the beginning of fermentation. The fermentation lasts for 8-12 days. A “punch-down” or mixing of grape skins and fermenting juice are done every six hours to enhance color and flavor development. After pressing, the finished wine goes directly into French barrels where it is gently racked once during the 10 months in the barrel. The diplomat at the table, the Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir marries with a wide range of flavors such as beef, fowl, pork or grilled salmon."