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Fleur Pinot Noir Carneros 2008

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Fleur de California is our bright, fresh, charming, and flavorful Pinot Noir from Carneros. The brilliant ruby color sets the stage for 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. This flower of a wine may be enjoyed today, served cool, alongside an appetizer of pate & smoked salmon, with broiled Portobello Mushrooms with garlic or as an aperitif.

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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
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Source: The Wine Buyer
11/04/2010

Fleur de Carneros is a bright, fresh, charming, and flavorful Pinot Noir from Carneros. The brilliant ruby color sets the stage for 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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Source: CityWineCellar.com
08/24/2010

Fleur de California is our bright, fresh, charming, and flavorful Pinot Noir from Carneros. The brilliant ruby color sets the stage for 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. This flower of a wine may be enjoyed today, served cool, alongside an appetizer of pate & smoked salmon, with broiled Portobello Mushrooms with garlic or as an aperitif.


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/29/2010

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.



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Fleur de California is our bright, fresh, charming, and flavorful Pinot Noir from Carneros. The brilliant ruby color sets the stage for 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. This flower of a wine may be enjoyed today, served cool, alongside an appetizer of pate & smoked salmon, with broiled Portobello Mushrooms with garlic or as an aperitif.

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