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Ancien Wines Mink Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

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Winemaker Notes

A bright and juicy vintage from this small backyard vineyard in Coombsville, this vintage of Mink Vineyard Pinot Noir abounds in fruit notes we love from this vineyard. Darker fruits blend with notes of cocoa to balance the bright juiciness of blueberry and plum. Fine, chalky tannins and minerality balance the hedonism of the Mink fruit and beckon you in for another mouthwatering sip. Age in the bottle will reveal the underlying depth of this wine as it evolves and broadens on the palate.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2018 Pinot Noir Mink Vineyard gives up seriously intense notes of black raspberries, redcurrants and kirsch with hints of cardamom, damp soil, Ceylon tea and wild thyme. Medium-bodied, the palate is beautifully crafted with vibrant red berry and earthy layers and a satiny texture, finishing long and energetic.

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Ancien Wines are made by Ken and Teresa Bernards. Ken focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the 7 years he spent at Domaine Chandon - as Research Enologist and later as Associate Winemaker. Afterward, he honed his skills making the wines at Truchard Vineyards for four years, leaving after the harvest of 1997 to focus on Ancien. He continues to work as a consulting winemaker for a number of wineries. Teresa posesses many years of experience in all aspects of the wine industry, most recently serving as Associate Winemaker at Domaine Carneros.
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Situated in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley in the Vaca range, the vineyards of the Coombsville AVA enjoy a long growing season mitigated by cool, San Pablo Bay fog.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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