Carneros Creek Pinot Noir Grail 2005

Pinot Noir from Carneros, California

$40.00 $34.99
Save $5.01
Item No. 97738
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • WS93

Winemaker's Notes

This wine is the result of careful selections of our best lots of Pinot Noir, with judicious use of French oak. Ruby in color, the wine shows a fusion of ripe red cherry and spice aromas, with subtle hints of crème brulee in the background. A lush, velvety texture up front leads to concentrated cherry and blackberry flavors, with hints of vanilla, caramel and cedar in the finish. The wine shows fine-grained tannins, with enough acidity to keep the fruit lively and add length to the palate. Sixteen months in barrel has created a sense of integration and harmony in the wine, which, while drinking nicely now, will continue to evolve for three or so years to come.

"Refreshing ripe, vibrant, complex and fruit driven, with full bodied black cherry, plum and wild berry fruit that's rich and focused, ending with a long, layered finish. Drink now through 2014."
Wine Spectator Hot Wines Jan. 21, 2009

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MO Geo - Chesterfield, MO (read all my reviews)

A very nice pinot for the price. In a class with Goldeneye for a better price.
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Founded in 1972 by Francis and Kathleen Mahoney and now owned jointly with Bill Hambrecht, Carneros Creek was the first winery to be built in the Carneros district of the Napa Valley since prior to Prohibition. Over the past three decades, the winery has taken a leadership role in the development of California Pinot Noir through its research on clonal selections of the varietal, in...

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Learn About Carneros

Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Notable Facts Both Chardonnay...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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