2019 SAINTSBURY Pinot Noir Carneros (375ml)

SAINTSBURY Pinot Noir Carneros (375ml)

¥4,180 (incl. tax)

Pinot Noir in handy 375 ml bottles — from one of the first California producers to bet on Pinot Noir and to bet on Carneros, at the southern end of the Napa Valley, as the best location to produce it. All these decades later, Saintsbury’s knowledge of soils, rootstock, clones, pruning, sustainable farming, and winemaking runs as deep as the roots of their oldest vines. And this is why year after year, the wines are so good. About the 2019, the winery writes, “Pretty but concentrated aromas of rose petal, dark cherries, cocoa, anise and cardamom. Sweet cherry and plum entry with a zesty mid palate reminiscent of baking spices, leading into an elegant, lingering finish. The richness of this wine pairs well with meats such as lamb, duck, and stewed curries, as well as artisanal cheeses and wild mushrooms.”

Winery


Winery Description

Andre Tchelistcheff , the great Russian emigre winemaker/prophet, proclaimed that Carneros with its cool climate would one day produce Northern California’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Though a few growers and sparkling wine producers in the 1970s heeded his call and began planting vineyards in the district, it took a few years for a winery to focus on making a true Carneros Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. One of the pioneers in this area was Saintsbury.

 Founded in 1981 by Richard Ward and David Graves (who had met in an oenology class at UC Davis) Saintsbury has always aimed to produce distinctive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay exclusively from the cool and windy terroir of Carneros. Starting small, success came quickly, with the winery growing to 35,000 cases within 10 years. Over the years, Saintsbury has focused almost entirely on single vineyard and appellation-designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – though recently it has begun to make wine from vineyards in the Anderson Valley and to produce some Carneros Syrah as well. Saintsbury was an early adopter of using varietal clones to improve their wine by, for example, planting a particular vineyard site with the most appropriate clones or by using clonal diversity to achieve more complexity. A few years ago, Saintsbury sold off its Garnet line of high value wines in order to focus on appellation-designated or single vineyard wines. Frenchman Jerome Chery, the winemaker since 2004, is a specialist in these sorts of wines.

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Los Carneros
Winery Saintsbury
Vintage 2019
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 375ml
Bottle Size 6.5 x 25.0
Case Size 27.5 x 20.5 x 26.0
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code SA19CPNx
UPC 732458950735

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

92 points (2018 vintage) – James Suckling.

Aromas of rose petals, dried cherry, wild strawberries as well as notes of pepper and cinnamon beguile the nose. Intense cherry and strawberry as well as savory notes emerge on the palate - dried herbs and earth – with notes of five spice and cardamom lingering on the finish.

Production


Vinification

Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged for 8 months in French oak (15% new).

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