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Fleur de California Pinot Noir Carneros 2006

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Bright, fresh Pinot Noir from Carneros. The brilliant ruby color with aromas of ripe cherry and cranberry, with hints of white pepper and nutmeg. While dominated by effusive fruit flavor, the wine is soft, supple and rich in the mouth.

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Fleur de California:
With the enthusiasm of his twenty-five years and confidence in California’s potential for producing world-class wines, Francis & Kathy Mahoney and set out to realize a dream: to grow Pinot Noir and make wines that would stand up to the French Burgundies. Although centuries of experience in French vineyards and cellars indicated that Pinot Noir was considered to be a difficult varietal to nurtur... Read more
With the enthusiasm of his twenty-five years and confidence in California’s potential for producing world-class wines, Francis & Kathy Mahoney and set out to realize a dream: to grow Pinot Noir and make wines that would stand up to the French Burgundies. Although centuries of experience in French vineyards and cellars indicated that Pinot Noir was considered to be a difficult varietal to nurture, Francis decided to challenge the possibilities within the Northern California soil and climate. Francis researched the elements that were linked with French Pinot Noirs. Burgundians were captivated by the concept of terrior - the influence of soil, sun exposure and rainfall on the style of a wine. Francis found “Los Carneros” which lays in the southern portion of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Often obscured by fog from the San Francisco Bay, year-round temperatures are cool and grapes are allowed to mature slowly in the Carneros region, similar to Burgundy, France. A mixture of old and new vines was preferred in the Burgundian wine growing region where several clones had been identified. The world over, several hundred clonal varieties of Pinot Noir exist. Francis decided to begin a tedious, twelve-year clonal research project to understand this varietal. On a modest budget, a small, functional winery was built in 1972. Francis knew that his best tool was his palate. Calling on his experience in the cellars of Burgundy, the profile of superb Pinot Noir was in his memory, soon to be expressed at Fleur de California Winery. Read less

Member Reviews for Fleur de California Pinot Noir Carneros

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
06/28/2007

Very soft and fruity, barely any tannins, no earthiness - very easy drinking. A touch of bitter tannins on the finish, but pleasant. Nose is very light. Not bad. Served with a hearty chicken soup.


Snooth User: jodys444
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4.50 5
09/27/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Fleur de California Pinot Noir Carneros

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/25/2008

The Fleur de California winery was begun in 1972 by a couple with a great love of Burgundy, and they have gone on to produce Pinot Noirs that remind us just why we love this grape. This bottle has cranberry and cherry aromas, warm earthy notes of nutmeg and forest floor, and a beautifully soft mouthfeel.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/11/2007

Fleur de California began as a winery in 1972 by a couple with a love of Burgundy. They have gone on to produce Pinots that remind us why we love Pinot: cranberry and cherry, along with warm earthy notes of nutmeg and forest floor. Plus a beautiful soft mouth feel.



Bright, fresh Pinot Noir from Carneros. The brilliant ruby color with aromas of ripe cherry and cranberry, with hints of white pepper and nutmeg. While dominated by effusive fruit flavor, the wine is soft, supple and rich in the mouth.

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