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Dom Carneros Pinot Noir 2006

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Domaine Carneros was established in 1987, a joint venture between Champagne Taittinger and Kobrand Corporation - one of the foremost players in the U.S wine industry. This impressive venture was a fulfilment of Claude Taittinger's dream after he visited the Carneros region and realised its potential to produce world class sparkling and still Pinot Noir wines. All the wines from Domaine Carneros are made from 100% Carneros fruit. When founding Domaine Carneros, the intent was to focus specifically on sparkling wines. However the Pinot Noir fruit produced on the Domaine Carneros estate vineyards was of such high quality that a still wine was produced. 1992 saw the inaugural vintage of the highly acclaimed Famous Gate Pinot Noir. The Domaine Carneros Famous Gate Pinot Noir is a red which benefits greatly from essential, Pinot Noir-friendly conditions of the Carneros region: sunshine, cooling fog and afternoon wind-a balanced triad that coaxes distinction from the wines of the region. As a result the Famous Gate Pinot Noir is both richly textured and elegantly structured, factors that provide for immediate enjoyment as well as graceful maturation. This wine is filled with blackberry, cherry, smoke, tea and baking spice, and so is a natural accompaniment to a wide variety of classic cuisine from rack of lamb, grilled quail and braised short ribs to seared tuna or the cheese course.

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Domaine Carneros:
Domaine Carneros in the heart of Carneros, is the California expression of the tradition and excellence of its founder, Champagne Taittinger. Established in 1987, Domaine Carneros is considered a regional landmark. Exquisite views of endless vineyard-covered hills are the perfect setting to savor our wines. The main château and terrace are open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. The last se... Read more
Domaine Carneros in the heart of Carneros, is the California expression of the tradition and excellence of its founder, Champagne Taittinger. Established in 1987, Domaine Carneros is considered a regional landmark. Exquisite views of endless vineyard-covered hills are the perfect setting to savor our wines. The main château and terrace are open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. The last service of the day is at 5:45 p.m. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Please see our Visit Us section for information on daily tours. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Dom Carneros Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,186
4.00 5
11/12/2009

Cola nut baked cherry pastry, herb, oak and earth all contribute to the complexity on the nose. This is a touch light but it uses that to its advantage keeping the fresh herb and floral edge wild cherry fruit bright and agile in the mouth. There’s a lovely sapidity to this in the mouth that leads to a cherry pit and mineral laced finish that sees some nice tannins appearing on the finale. 89pts


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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
4.50 5
01/18/2010

A little pepper, bramble with cherry fruit on the nose followed by raspberries and blackberries. Earthy, smoky, spicy on the palate. Full bodied, classic burgundian style and could age for over 10 years. Smooth, velvety and wonderful...especially as I watched the sunset over the vines at the Domaine Carneros estate!


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
01/18/2010

Bing cherry vanilla on the nose with an underlying spiciness. More structure than the Avant Garde Pinot Noir that I also tasted on my Domaine Carneros visit. Overall spicy and smoky, cedar like qualities.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
01/18/2010

aromas of red cherry, pepper and strawberry. Strawberry on the palate as well as a dusty earthiness and touches of chocolate, very light, fruit forward and simple finish.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
5.00 5
09/22/2009

Pinot Noir just the way I adore it!! -Tasted at the winery 9/21/09


Snooth User: rreichert
30553412
4.00 5
05/05/2009

Pale, garnet, great acidity, cherry, oak, spice.


External Reviews for Dom Carneros Pinot Noir

External Review
01/23/2010

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2006 Carneros, Domaine Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
01/04/2012

This bottling has been getting steadily richer and better over the years and has now reached the point where itrsquo;s an authentic Carneros beauty. The rsquo;06 is a Pinot Noir to drink now, to savor its raspberry and cherry freshness, crispness and silky texture.


External Review
05/23/2011

Smooth, ripe, rich and concentrated, with layers of ripe cherry, plum and wild berry, turning plush and polished. Drink through 2005.


External Review
05/23/2011

Smooth, ripe, moderately rich and polished, with a pretty core of black cherry, plum and anise, turning plush and detailed on the finish, where mineral and leather nuances show up.


External Review
05/23/2011

Well-proportioned, with full-bodied plum, wild berry, spice and mineral notes that are structured, complex and long on the finish. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
05/23/2011

Floral, anise and crushed berry aromas are intense, supple and balanced, built around raspberry, wild berry and hints of strawberry. Ends with an elegant minerally edge. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
05/23/2011

This is the most attractive and successful of the winery's three releases of 2007 Pinot Noir. It's dry and crisp in acidity and very rich, with oak-inspired waves of cherries, cola, mushu plum sauce and smoky sandalwood. Drink this elegant wine in the next year or two.


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Domaine Carneros was established in 1987, a joint venture between Champagne Taittinger and Kobrand Corporation - one of the foremost players in the U.S wine industry. This impressive venture was a fulfilment of Claude Taittinger's dream after he visited the Carneros region and realised its potential to produce world class sparkling and still Pinot Noir wines. All the wines from Domaine Carneros are made from 100% Carneros fruit. When founding Domaine Carneros, the intent was to focus specifically on sparkling wines. However the Pinot Noir fruit produced on the Domaine Carneros estate vineyards was of such high quality that a still wine was produced. 1992 saw the inaugural vintage of the highly acclaimed Famous Gate Pinot Noir. The Domaine Carneros Famous Gate Pinot Noir is a red which benefits greatly from essential, Pinot Noir-friendly conditions of the Carneros region: sunshine, cooling fog and afternoon wind-a balanced triad that coaxes distinction from the wines of the region. As a result the Famous Gate Pinot Noir is both richly textured and elegantly structured, factors that provide for immediate enjoyment as well as graceful maturation. This wine is filled with blackberry, cherry, smoke, tea and baking spice, and so is a natural accompaniment to a wide variety of classic cuisine from rack of lamb, grilled quail and braised short ribs to seared tuna or the cheese course.

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