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Wine Spots Carneros Pinot Noir

2013 Carneros Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

The 2013 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. Mild days and cooling breezes from San Pablo Bay offer 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 2013 has been hailed as an excellent one. The warm, dry spring resulted in early budbreak and creating near perfect conditions for flowering and fruit set. Temperatures stayed consistent throughout the season, resulting in healthy vines and consistent fruit maturity. Harvest occured in early September, without issue. The result are wines that reflect a prime vintage.

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.


91 points, Ultimate Wine Challenge

"A shy aroma of cherries and subtle spice slowly work out of the glass and into the nose, until a playful medley of flavors approaches confidently. Flavors of ripe strawberry, bright cherries, smashed raspberries, and a whisper of oak mingle before a subtly spicy finish. Highly Recommended.
- Ultimate Wine Challenge 2016

88 points

"Bright medium burnt sienna color. Fruity, minerally aromas of red cherries, cranberry, tree bark, and hint of saffron with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and moderate oak. Haunting saffron like note unique and enticing. Highly Recommended."
- Beverage Testing Institute, April 2015

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