Lot 176 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir

Lot 176
2008 Los Carneros Pinot Noir

Again, like Lot 125, the grapes were moon harvested and hand sorted before a gentle de-stemming and 8+ days of cold soak. Aged in oak for 8 months with 40% new French cooperage (Remond, Demptos, François Frères), the rest all 1- to 3-year-old barrels.
This wine is the same exact cuvée (same clonal assortment from the same vineyard blocks) we sold under the Lot 125 designation, the only difference coming from the vintage itself. That said, I find the differences in the vintages to be significant, resulting in a significantly weighty wine but with brighter acidity and higher-toned fruit than the 2007 Lot 125. The mid-palate weight is familiar (rich and grippy), and the fruit profile leans more toward brighter notes of cherry and raspberry versus strawberry and blackberry present in Lot 125. There’s a chocolate-covered cherry thing again that comes across in the palate, but the pH is just a bit lower in this wine, making it a little less dense but instead brighter across the palate. The wine is soft and supple, with a lingering finish of ripe, fresh fruit.

Style: Full, Bold

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