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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Saintsbury Stanly Ranch Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
Saintsbury Stanly Ranch Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 107109)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Burghound.com rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 PinotReport rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Burghound.com rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The modern viticultural history of Carneros begins on Stanly Ranch in the 1950s when Louis Martini who then owned part of the historic property began a clonal trial of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with UC Davis and another historic California wine family, the Wentes. The well-known Martini and Wente clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay emerged from these trials and were propagated and sold by the Wente grapevine nursery.

The historic ranch of Judge Stanly greets visitors to the Napa Valley as they drive up Highway 29 towards the city of Napa and anchors the southeastern corner of the Carneros. The fourth incarnation of grape vines on this property began in 2001 with the development of 350 acres of vines using modern clones, spacing and vertical trellising on the property's clay-loam soils and gently rolling hills.

The 2007 Saintsbury Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir displays a smoky plum nose with notes of dried herbs and a plump mid-palate of morello cherries (or dark cherries) and blackberries. It possesses a long, rich finish with good acid structure and fine tannins. While built for the long term its richness makes it an "I'll have another bottle" kind of Pinot!

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About Saintsbury:

Saintsbury specializes in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay is fermented and aged in barrels coopered in Burgundy. Three styles of Pinot Noir are produced: "Garnet" is a fresh, lively wine full of cherry and raspberry fruit; the wine simply called Carneros Pinot Noir is a more classic rendition; and the Reserve Pinot Noir is the richest and most fully flavored of the vintage.