Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir Carneros Famous Gate 2004
After some really nice champagne from this house I expected more from the base grape. Somewhat acidic and... amateur? Much better at champagne.
Soft supple seductive almost slutty.
It's unfortunate the Famous Gate is only available from the winery directly. The wine is smooth and luxurious as silk. It nearly brought tears to my eyes!
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir Carneros Famous Gate
The 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.