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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Carpe Diem Firepeak Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001
Carpe Diem Firepeak Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001
(search item no. 90343)

PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $29.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Carpe Diem is the product of a classic Burgundian winemaking style using Pinot Noir clones from the Pommard and Dijon regions. Firepeak vineyard's unique location at the foot of an extinct volcanic peak has a soil composition that is a mixture marine sediment, clay and volcanic deposits. The hard volcanic sediment stresses the vines forcing deeper roots for more unique varietal characteristics. Small open top fermentation tanks are used with each lot, which are kept separately until the final blend.

This Burgundian Pinot Noir is elegant and refined with cherry and red fruit flavors complimented by a light smokiness and spice. The dense ruby color is as bold as the cherry and spice bouquet. True to the Burgundian style and to the varietal, the wine has an earthiness to it that graduates into bright and bold red fruits. This wine continues to unfold up until the smooth finish.

This wine is recommended for pairing with pheasant, elk, roasted duck, grilled seafood or French cheeses.

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About Carpe Diem:

The eight mile long Edna Valley, near San Luis Obispo, California, is known for its distinctive topography and climate. With frequent fog and a mild climate, the region has one of the longest growing seasons in California. While the inland areas heat up during the day, the summer fog and afternoon ocean winds act as a natural cooling system keeping the valley’s temperatures far below the averages found in some of the more inland growing regions of the Central Coast. These climatic conditions are ideal for growing concentrated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Firepeak Vineyard is located about four miles from the Pacific Ocean and lies at the foot of an inactive volcanic peak. The combination of the diverse terroir and a strong coastal influence produce intense, concentrated, estate grown fruit.

Carpe Diem wines are based on the elegant and refined Burgundy winemaking style which reflects the uniqueness of their soil and varietal characters. Vine stressing is utilized to force the vines to grow deeper into the earth where the vines begin to inherit the “earthy” characteristics so well known in a great French Burgundy. Small open top fermentors are used, with each clone kept separately until the final blend. The percentages of new oak used in the treatment of the wine are conservative using less than 50% to allow for the varetial characteristics to be the main focus.