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Renteria Pinot Noir Carneros Knittel 2005

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VINEYARD: The Knittel vineyard, planted in 1997, is located in a prime site, south of Highway 12 on Los Carneros Road on the Napa side of Carneros. It has all of the aspects of a perfect Pinot Noir vineyard: planted on an east facing, gentle hillside on clay soils in a cool microclimate to five different Pinot Noir clones. The different clones not only add complexity but also impart various sensory components to the wine. Clone 115 is the largest block and adds depth and tannin structure. The Dijon clones 667 and 777 give the wine's aroma the higher fruit tones, while the complexity and "spice" flavors come from the California selections, Calera and Swan. VINTAGE: The 2005 Knittel Pinot Noir was picked September 19th and 21st. The 2005 harvest was a late, cool growing season and harvest. The harvest of the different clones at Knittel is normally separated by 1-2 weeks, but this year the weather ripened the grapes at almost the same time. The must was cold soaked four days prior to fermentation in open top fermentors with Assmanshausen yeast, while being punched down at least 4-5 times a day. It was pressed at dryness, and put into French oak barrels immediately. The wine was aged 12 months in barrels prior to bottling on October 10, 2006. TASTING NOTES: The Renteria Knittel Pinot Noir is a classic Carneros Pinot Noir, typified by red fruit aromas, especially fresh strawberry. The palate is full bodied, with ample tannins while still having a soft, velvety texture. The wine is fairly slow to open, but will develop its full potential within the year after release and should improve for the next 5 years. The 2005 Knittel Pinot Noir is characterized by its complexity and soft tannins. Although the palate has a rich and full finish, it is softened by a velvety mid body. The aroma of the Knittel Pinot Noir is, year in and year out, characterized by plush aromas of strawberry jam, common in excellent Carneros Pinots, but very pronounced and appealing in the Knittel Pinot....we have come to call it the "Knittel nose". Production: 377 cases

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Salvador Renteria arrived at Sterling Vineyards in 1962 from Mexico working first as a field laborer, then a vineyard supervisor. After several years, Salvador left to oversee the formative vineyards of Beaulieu Vineyards, Clos Pegase, Cuvaison and Silverado. While working these vineyards, Salvador initiated novel vineyard experiments which earned the respect of famed vintners such as Andre Tch... Read more
Salvador Renteria arrived at Sterling Vineyards in 1962 from Mexico working first as a field laborer, then a vineyard supervisor. After several years, Salvador left to oversee the formative vineyards of Beaulieu Vineyards, Clos Pegase, Cuvaison and Silverado. While working these vineyards, Salvador initiated novel vineyard experiments which earned the respect of famed vintners such as Andre Tchelistcheff, Rick Forman and John Thacher. Urged by these winemakers to implement trials on trellising, canopy management and other innovative grape management techniques, Salvador was among the first in the Napa Valley to do so. Salvador had the rare ability to focus the divergent ideas of different winemakers and as a result guided their vineyards into lower yields and higher quality grapes. Because of his skill and Hispanic heritage, Salvador was also able to bridge the difficult cultural and communication gaps that often exist between wineries and vineyard workers. In 1987, based upon the high demand and stellar reputation of his winegrowing, Salvador started his own vineyard management company, Renteria Vineyard Management. At the time, it was one of the first Mexican owned vineyard management companies in Napa Valley and is now among the top three. Tending many of the most prestigious Napa Valley vineyards, Salvador quickly garnered a reputation for his exceedingly high standards- a reputation his son Oscar would embrace and upon which he would build. In 1993, Oscar Renteria, who had worked alongside his father for many years, assumed proprietorship of Renteria Vineyard Management. Oscar continued to care for the handful of distinguished vineyards his father cultivated and progressively increased his clientele. Working with select vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma's Russian River, Renteria grows world renowned grapes for clients that include William Selyem, Robert Mondavi Winery, Caymus, Rombauer and Duckhorn. Continually increasing the quality of geographically diverse vineyards, Oscar implements new approaches in vineyard technology. While father and son continue their hands on approach to viticulture, Oscar believes the infusion of technology is insurance for the future. By combining practical, generational field knowledge with innovative trials and experimentation, the Renteria family has found a balance which allows them to grow the finest grapes possible. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Renteria Pinot Noir Carneros Knittel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
12/09/2010

This smells lovely, with an excellent combination of fresh fruit notes as well as incipient tertiary tones. This has subtle suggestions of bookbinder’s glue, old paper, pomegranate seeds, a hint of persimmon, fresh floral tones, really deep and complex. Seductive on entry, with bright acids yet a soft, somewhat resolved bed of tannins combining to give this a rich yet vibrant feel. The oak is still noticeably here, adding a touch of café au lait to the front half, though the mid-palate sees really bright, vivid cinnamon-spiced wild cherry fruit with a touch of apple peel adding fruity complexity. On the backend this turns up the spice tones, but the wood is well-edged and does not overpower the fruit, which retains intense aromatic perfume through the moderately long finish. 92pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,546
3.00 5
11/09/2010

Very wood-driven aroma with some lavender. Mouth is a bit sharp, with a little bit of cherry fruit. The oakiness is a little too much for me, but otherwise OK.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,963
4.00 5
11/09/2010

Smooth slightly spiced cherry coughdrops. Really nice balance and a light delicate finish. I'm likin it!™


Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,460
3.00 5
11/10/2010

Three glasses



VINEYARD: The Knittel vineyard, planted in 1997, is located in a prime site, south of Highway 12 on Los Carneros Road on the Napa side of Carneros. It has all of the aspects of a perfect Pinot Noir vineyard: planted on an east facing, gentle hillside on clay soils in a cool microclimate to five different Pinot Noir clones. The different clones not only add complexity but also impart various sensory components to the wine. Clone 115 is the largest block and adds depth and tannin structure. The Dijon clones 667 and 777 give the wine's aroma the higher fruit tones, while the complexity and "spice" flavors come from the California selections, Calera and Swan. VINTAGE: The 2005 Knittel Pinot Noir was picked September 19th and 21st. The 2005 harvest was a late, cool growing season and harvest. The harvest of the different clones at Knittel is normally separated by 1-2 weeks, but this year the weather ripened the grapes at almost the same time. The must was cold soaked four days prior to fermentation in open top fermentors with Assmanshausen yeast, while being punched down at least 4-5 times a day. It was pressed at dryness, and put into French oak barrels immediately. The wine was aged 12 months in barrels prior to bottling on October 10, 2006. TASTING NOTES: The Renteria Knittel Pinot Noir is a classic Carneros Pinot Noir, typified by red fruit aromas, especially fresh strawberry. The palate is full bodied, with ample tannins while still having a soft, velvety texture. The wine is fairly slow to open, but will develop its full potential within the year after release and should improve for the next 5 years. The 2005 Knittel Pinot Noir is characterized by its complexity and soft tannins. Although the palate has a rich and full finish, it is softened by a velvety mid body. The aroma of the Knittel Pinot Noir is, year in and year out, characterized by plush aromas of strawberry jam, common in excellent Carneros Pinots, but very pronounced and appealing in the Knittel Pinot....we have come to call it the "Knittel nose". Production: 377 cases

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