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2000 Pinot Noir, Carneros (Estate Vineyard) — Signed and Etched 3-Liter Bottle

  About 64 of our 150 acres of estate vineyards in Napa Carneros consist of Pinot Noir. The vineyards date from 1989 and ten Pinot Noir clones and selections are planted. In 2000, we also harvested very limited quantities of fruit from two other small vineyards in southern Carneros. Our Pinot Noir yields averaged 2.7 tons per acre in 2000.

After hand-harvesting, the grapes were de-stemmed only (whole berries). Some lots received up to five days of cold soaking before fermentation. The wines were fermented in open-top vessels with a 1:1 height-to-diameter ratio for optimum cap exposure. About 10% whole clusters were added to the fermentations. Most lots were inoculated with one of several yeast strains; some lots went through uninoculated fermentations. A pneumatic punch-down device was used up to four times daily to break up the cap and extract flavor and color. The wines were pressed directly into barrels, malolactic fermentations were completed in barrel, and the wines were racked just prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes
Deep, intense aromas of juicy black, cherry, sweet ripe plum, and background touches of mint and spice crowd the nose of this wine. Fleshy and silken, it offers a wealth of cherry/berry flavors and traces of chocolate and cream.

93 bottles produced. 14.1% alcohol by volume; 3.61 pH; 0.63 g/100ml total acidity.