Winemaker's Tasting Note
The 2014 Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir shows a silky, elegant mouthfeel with juicy, fresh flavors of dark cherry, boysenberry and plum. The core of exuberant red fruit is rounded out by notes of baking spice and sandalwood, and a fine tannin profile frames the concentrated, yet vibrant fruit flavors.
About the Vintage
Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early bud break and veraison, harvest was unusually early in 2014.