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Mahoney Barrique de Carneros 2003

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Francis Mahoney has long been considered the father of Pinot Noir in California and his small production 2003 Barrique de Carneros typifies his life-ling effort. Rich in pinot character and exceedingly well balanced, it is a classic wine with earthly overtones. It has aged extremely well but is not delicate and best consumed with game or mushrooms.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Mahoney Vineyards:
Francis Mahoney appointed Ken Foster, veteran Pinot Noir winemaker, to oversee production at Mahoney Vineyards in June, 2002. The winemaker/production manager from David Bruce winery in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Foster had been making wine there for 15 years, helping change the focus of the winery from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Ken focused on small-lot prod... Read more
Francis Mahoney appointed Ken Foster, veteran Pinot Noir winemaker, to oversee production at Mahoney Vineyards in June, 2002. The winemaker/production manager from David Bruce winery in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Foster had been making wine there for 15 years, helping change the focus of the winery from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Ken focused on small-lot production, emphasizing gentle handling and separation of small wine lots for potential vineyard designate as well as appellation-labeled wines. Foster’s hiring further strengthened Mahoney’s Pinot Noir program and wine quality enhancements instituted by previous winemaker, Scott Rich, including use of small, open-top fermenters, new oak barrel regimes and small-lot processing. “Ken is the perfect person to drive our quality to new heights,” Francis remarked. “He brings a wide range of experience and a commitment to exceptional winemaking.” Read less

Francis Mahoney has long been considered the father of Pinot Noir in California and his small production 2003 Barrique de Carneros typifies his life-ling effort. Rich in pinot character and exceedingly well balanced, it is a classic wine with earthly overtones. It has aged extremely well but is not delicate and best consumed with game or mushrooms.

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