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Wine Spots Carneros Pinot Noir

2010 Carneros Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

The 2010 Wine Spots Carneros Pinot Noir, sourced from mature hillside vineyards, offers aromas of cherry, strawberry and cola. On the palate, fine-grained tannins blend with an intense fruit core of black cherry and strawberry, providing complexity and balance. Integrated vanilla tones from French oak aging reveal subtle spice notes that lead to a long finish.
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Food Pairings

Enjoy with lamb chops, duck, risotto, roast chicken or grilled salmon.
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Regional Notes

The Carneros appellation, spanning Napa and Sonoma counties, is renowned for producing acclaimed Pinot Noir and well known for its Burgundian-style terroir. Cooling breezes from San Pablo Bay create mild days, ideal growing conditions for elegant Pinot Noir wines. The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine were grown on hillside vineyards in the cool Carneros region. The blend represents a composite of several Pinot Noir clones from mature vines.
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Vintage Notes

The 2010 growing season experienced a series of challenges starting with rainy, cool weather in the spring and a late summer that delayed budbreak and flowering. The foggy weather continued through July, until an intense heat wave in August, which further stunted the size of the crop. The season ended with heavy storms and low temperatures in October. While small, the crop was of the highest quality, leading to wines of refined elegance.

Winemaking Notes

The grapes for this Pinot Noir were hand picked in October. After destemming, the grapes were whole-berry fermented in open-top fermenters, which were punched down manually to provide maximum flavor and minimum harsh tannins. Following fermentation, the wine was transferred to a mix of new and matured small French oak barrels for eight months. Prior to bottling, the wine received minimal filtration and fining to preserve the fresh berry flavors.


88 points

87 points
" This is a successful Pinot Noir in terms of its lighter style, silkiness and generosity, showing real finesse and delicacy. It's a tartly acidic wine with delicious flavors of cola and sour cherry candy. Try pairing it with mushroom risotto speckled with crumbled bacon."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast, November 2012

Bronze Medal

Bronze Medal
- 2012 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition

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