Napa Cellars Pinot Noir 2017
September 2 - September 8, 2017
10 months, 28% new oak (100% French)
The Napa Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir is an elegant wine that delivers beautiful aromas of dried cherries, tart plum, earthy notes, cola and mushroom complemented by hints of graham cracker and cardamom. A soft, velvety, smooth entry leads to abundant flavors of dark berry with vanilla, toasted pie crust notes and a bit of cocoa powder and cinnamon on the finish. This well-structured wine showcases a medium to light body with balanced acidity and fine grained tannins. For a delicious meal, pair this Pinot with garlic and herb roasted pork tenderloin, followed by dark chocolate mousse for dessert.
Gold - 2020 TEXSOM International Wine Awards
Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir were sourced exclusively from premier vineyards in the southern part of Napa Valley, where the San Pablo Bay creates a cool, maritime climate. Morning fog rolls across the vines, ushering in the cool breezes ideal for growing delicate, flavorful Pinot Noir. The vines here produce complex, layered fruit that translates to an earthy minerality and exceptional natural acidity in the glass.
The 2017 growing season offered superlative growing conditions with abundant rain at the beginning of the year. Harvest brought lower yields with fruit of excellent quality.
Once harvested, the grapes were carefully sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. During a 7 to 12 day maceration period, Délestage—the process of removing the grape seeds and allowing the juice to remain in contact with the skins—was employed. This technique helped to release the aromatic character of the fruit, enhance the color and flavor of the wine, and create soft, round tannins. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (28% new) for 10 months.