Ancien Wines Carneros Pinot Noir 2016
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This is a light, bright and fresh red wine, made well and restrained in its use of oak. Candied plum and cherry flavors meld effortlessly with earthy forest characteristics and a lovely jolt of Asian spice.
Blueberries, crushed violets and spices. The fresh layers of fruit that caress the palate are really pretty, and they sit among fine, soft tannins and bright acidity. Drink now.
As early as the 1970s Carneros became known as a source of terrific Pinot Noir, and was one of the first California regions to gain such a reputation. The combination of sunny days, cooling fog and thin clay soils are tailor-made for the variety. Another factor in Pinot Noir’s prominent place here is vintners’ willingness to experiment widely. The history of the grape in Carneros is marked by continuous research into clonal variations, viticultural techniques and site selection. Careful evaluation over time has revealed a signature flavor profile as well. Complex aromas and flavors of cherry, red berry, spice, earth and cola appear time and again in Carneros Pinot Noir. To this day the appellation remains one of California’s standard bearers for the variety.