Saintsbury Pinot Noir Carneros Lee Vineyard 2005
Pinot Noir from the Carneros region ranks among the finest in California. Saintsbury have been making it, growing it and experimenting with Carneros Pinot for more than 25 years. What they’ve discovered is that if they let the character of Carneros guide the Pinot winemaking effort, there still remains plenty of room for its own particular style to compliment and augment what Mother Nature so generously gives them. A winning combination of generosity and finesse marks this Pinot Noir, which offers black cherry and spice aromas, an intense, focused palate and a long mineral finish.
First published in 1920, George Saintsbury’s “Notes on a Cellar-Book” has inspired many to experiment widely and to form opinions unaffected by the fashion of the day. Included in those ranks are Mr. Ward and Mr. Graves, who named their winery in honor of Professor Saintsbury.
Citrus, especially grapefruit, predominates on the nose. Also soured lemons, tangy acid. Palate laced with grapefruit, dirt, oak, slight pepper, tobacco, earthy, and blackberries. Acidic throughout. Bland and flat, uninteresting after grapefruit zing.