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2020 Etude Carneros Deer Camp Pinot Noir

2020 Etude Carneros Deer Camp Pinot Noir

2020 Etude Carneros Deer Camp Pinot Noir

$90.00
Price
$90.00
$1,080.00
Price
$1,080.00

Tasting Notes

Deer Camp offers a unique expression of Pinot Noir from Grace Benoist Ranch, with depth, weight, and a lovely rustic bramble character. Full and rich, with a concentrated structure and tons of ripe, dark berry fruits on the nose and the palate. Multi-layered with flavors of boysenberry, blueberry, and black cherry, supported by warmed spiced notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove. Earthier notes of cedar and black tea leaf sit alongside perfumed wild violet and chaparral brush. Fresh, mouthwatering acidity supports the sweet, midpalate sucrosity, leading to fine-grained tannins that are soft and textured, creating balance, elegance, and grace. The finish is long and satisfying.

Technical Information

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2020
Appellation Carneros
Alcohol % 14.4%

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were harvested at night to preserve freshness and integrity. They were placed in open-top fermenters for 3-5 days of cold maceration followed by fermentation. A small percentage of the grapes were left as whole cluster to preserve the buoyancy of aromatics of the fruit and to add structure and refinement to the wine. Punch downs were performed during the early stages of fermentation with the extraction becoming gentler as the wine became dry, and followed with a quiet extended maceration to help modify the richness and mouthfeel of the wine. The wine was lightly pressed into small French oak barrels where it rested for 14 months.

Vintage

Despite some memorably atypical factors, the 2020 season was another successful vintage. It was a warm, dry winter and the rain and cooler weather didn’t arrive until the end of March. While the mild spring provided a great early start, the winery followed extensive safety protocols due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Summer brought very cool mornings and very warm days. Harvest was interrupted by wildfires across California, which came just as grapes started to be picked. We were very fortunate that none of our vineyards were in the active fire areas. The red wine harvest started in late August and the wines showed excellent development in cellars, reflecting the fine vintage year.

Vineyard

The Deer Camp Vineyard at Grace Benoist Ranch is located on a southwest facing slope of two blocks we refer to as the Pinot Bowl. Featuring distinctive rocky, well-drained soils of Kidd Stony Loam, the site is planted mostly to the Martini clone of Pinot Noir, which produces thick-skinned, pulpy grapes that hold up well to the fog and wind that blow through this cool climate vineyard. This small vineyard was named after an old deer camp structure that stands at the base of this site.

Winemaker Jon Priest