Ancien Wines

2018 Ancien Carneros Pinot Noir


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Well timed rainfall brought and nice Spring growing conditions resulted in luxuriant growth to start the 2018 season. A steady and cool growing season with just a few heat spikes kept our vines happy throughout. The wines started out with elegant, balanced fruit and have continued to fill out in the bottle. It is a vintage of exceptional balance that continues to unfold and reward with evolution in the bottle.

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Carneros, Napa Valley, CA


Pinot Noir

The 2018 vintage is immediately recognizable for its palate coating texture - a familiar trademark of our Carneros Pinot Noir. In its youth is skews more to the spicy end of the spectrum with currants, orange spice and cocoa. The darker cherry and wild berry notes open with time in the glass and charactistic notes of anise. Subtle earth notes, hummus and truffles add interest as well as exotic hibiscus nuances. The wine finishes long and savory inviting the next sip.

A versatile wine to pair at the table or to enjoy alone for its opulent and approachable fruit.

More about the wine

We separated the entire lot into one ton, open-top fermenters, employing traditional punch-downs by hand in order to achieve optimal extraction. About 5% of the fruit was fermented as whole clusters. The wine was aged in an array of French cooperage, nearly half new, and gently racked once prior to bottling. Grapes, must, and wines were moved using gravity through to the barrel and using inert gas through racking and bottling - promoting graceful aging. 658 cases produced.

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