2021 SAINTSBURY Pinot Noir Carneros

SAINTSBURY Pinot Noir Carneros

¥8,800 (incl. tax)

For a long time, it was thought Pinot Noir had no potential outside France – until California winegrowers began turning their eyes toward Carneros in the late 1960s. With the San Pablo Bay to the south and the Petaluma Gap to the west, Carneros had long been thought to be too foggy and windy for winegrowing until some intrepid folks realized the cool climate plus excellent soils were perfect for cultivating a finicky, early-ripener like Pinot Noir. Saintsbury was one of the first to plant Pinot Noir in Carneros. With vineyards planted to six clones Pinot Noir, their wines achieve great complexity and depth. The 2021 Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir offers a richly layered melange of dark cherry and wild strawberry flavors intertwined with hints of spice, cola, and mineral earth. The palate is ripe and seamless with silky tannins, characteristic of the region. The delicious fruit is balanced by a fresh core of juicy acidity.


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 2021
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 29.5
Case Size 35.5 x 27.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 13.9%
Product Code SA21CPN
UPC 732458950773

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