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Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir Carneros 2005

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The 2005 growing season began with an unusually early spring followed by a cool summer, producing a small to normal size crop. The wine from this intense vintage has aromas of Bing cherry, blackberry, spices, and black tea accented by a hint of orange peel and smoke. The vintage is exceptionally full and round on the palate with the classic long, velvety finish that has become the hallmark of the Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir. This wine is drinking beautifully now, but the depth of character should make this one of our longest aging vintages ever. To enhance the intensity of this vintage the fruit was gently de-stemmed leaving many berries whole. The grapes were then cold soaked for four-to-five days prior to the beginning of fermentation. The fermentation took place in small open-topped vats and lasted for 8-12 days. A "punch-down" or mixing of grape skins and fermenting juice was done every six hours to heighten color and flavor development. After pressing, the finished wine went directly into French oak barrels where it was gently racked once during the 10 months of barrel aging. The grapes used for the 2005 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir are comprised of eleven clonal from four different Domaine Carneros Estate vineyards. Harvest took place in the morning while the grapes were still cool. All the harvesting is done by hand into shallow bins to minimize damage to the fruit. 100% Estate Carneros grown pinot noir 100% French Oak10 months aging in the barrelMinimum 9 months bottle age

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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

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
12/10/2009

earthy aromas with cherry notes; tastes of sour cherry with tinges of earth and sweet spice, with also a little smoke in flavor as well, very nice finish, light and delicate


Snooth User: seadevi
84458115
3.00 5
12/16/2008

Producer notes: "Bing cherry, blackberry, spices, and black tea accented by a hint of orange peel and smoke" I can taste blackberry and the black tea. Bit disappointed with the lack of complexity. Will cellar a couple of bottles to see if it ages well.


Snooth User: Methuselah137
712510
4.00 5
05/27/2008

This was a very surprising burst of cinnamon and smoke, with a toasty caramel finish.


Snooth User: octothorpe
3634317
4.00 5
11/28/2007

Four glasses



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The 2005 growing season began with an unusually early spring followed by a cool summer, producing a small to normal size crop. The wine from this intense vintage has aromas of Bing cherry, blackberry, spices, and black tea accented by a hint of orange peel and smoke. The vintage is exceptionally full and round on the palate with the classic long, velvety finish that has become the hallmark of the Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir. This wine is drinking beautifully now, but the depth of character should make this one of our longest aging vintages ever. To enhance the intensity of this vintage the fruit was gently de-stemmed leaving many berries whole. The grapes were then cold soaked for four-to-five days prior to the beginning of fermentation. The fermentation took place in small open-topped vats and lasted for 8-12 days. A "punch-down" or mixing of grape skins and fermenting juice was done every six hours to heighten color and flavor development. After pressing, the finished wine went directly into French oak barrels where it was gently racked once during the 10 months of barrel aging. The grapes used for the 2005 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir are comprised of eleven clonal from four different Domaine Carneros Estate vineyards. Harvest took place in the morning while the grapes were still cool. All the harvesting is done by hand into shallow bins to minimize damage to the fruit. 100% Estate Carneros grown pinot noir 100% French Oak10 months aging in the barrelMinimum 9 months bottle age

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