RATED 90 – Wine Spectator
The Carinalli Vineyard located outside of the town of Sebastapol is positioned for Pinot Noir excellence.
2012 was an almost perfect year for Pinot Noir and the fruit came in absolutely beautiful. We carefully choose the blocks to ferment the micro-lots to isolate the individual flavors and aromas. This wine was mainly fermented in 500 liter French Oak Puncheons with hand punch downs. A portion was aged in stainless and the balance (majority) was aged in the same puncheons the wine was fermented in that very year. The wine was never racked or filtered, and rested on gross lees the entire aging period.
Elegant and soft. Bright aromatics. Rosey, strawberry and hints of tobacco pair delightfully with bright acidity. The tannins are subtle but noticeable as the wine opens up. Slightly darker fruit elements show up as the wine opens up on the palate – perfectly ripe black cherry. The finish seems to linger for minutes. Ready to drink now.