(2010 Vintage) The 2010 Estate Pinot Noir packs a full range of flavors. Beginning with the nose one encounters a beam of pure red fruit including cherry and pomegranate, complemented by hints of anise, clove, sandalwood and a wisp of smoke. The palate delivers more juicy red fruit flavors along with black plums, and a persistent finish with sweet fruit.
Appellation AmericaThe folks at Domaine Carneros know a thing or two about Pinot Noir and especially Carneros Pinot Noir. The California sister of Taittinger Champagne (which itself has undergone ownership turmoil recently), Dom. Carneros has been making some of the U.S.’s best sparkling wine for years. It started making still wine from Pinot in 1992 and is now getting it right, from perhaps the Napa Valley’s most challenging region.This Pinot - one of three made by Eileen Crane - has some proper “brett” aromas in the nose as well as on the palate. (The yeast brettanomyces found in many Burgundian houses which lends a barnyard-like aroma that is to some, a serendipitously positive characteristic of the variety.) Nonetheless, the wine is perfectly balanced with deep, layered flavors of minerality.The wine spent 10 months in Burgundy barrels, 35 percent of which were new. The listed alcohol is 13.7 percent, indicative of the cool-climate Carneros. There were 7,500 cases produced.