2007 Napa Carneros Pinot Noir
Gold Medal Winner Long Beach Grand Cru
First of all, decant this wine. It doesn't take long, but a good half hour to an hour really gets this wine going as it is a little tight out of the bottle—which is to be expected with reserve-quality fruit like this. Initially tight, the nose opens after a few minutes in the glass to reveal rich aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and a certain "smoky cola" character that turns into nutmeg and clove as the wine reveals itself. The palate is bursting with strawberry jam and red cherry but is well balanced against a framework of nice acidity and rich vanilla oak. A blend of Pommard (richer fruits and spices like strawberry jam, clove, and plum) and Swan (racier, brighter fruit like cherry and raspberry) clones gives this wine excellent complexity. It will continue to flesh out in the bottle over the next decade.
The grapes were picked late at night and hand-sorted before a gentle de-stemming and 8+ days of cold soak before being aged in oak for 8 months, using 40% new French cooperage (Remond, Demptos, François Frères), the rest all 1- to 3-year-old barrels.
Style: Full, Bold