Napa Cellars Pinot Noir 2016
August 26– September 9, 2016
T.A.: 0.53 g / 100ml
10 months, 27% new oak (100% French)
The Napa Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir is an elegant wine that delivers beautiful aromas of black cherry, strawberry and cola complemented by a hint of clove. Abundant flavors of strawberry, cherry, graham cracker and hazelnut are framed by notes of caramel and vanilla on the finish. This well-structured wine showcases a medium to light body with balanced acidity and fine grained tannins. For a delicious meal, pair this Pinot with garlic and herb roasted pork tenderloin, followed by dark chocolate mousse for dessert.
Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir were sourced exclusively from premier vineyards in the southern part of Napa Valley, where the San Pablo Bay creates a cool, maritime climate. Morning fog rolls across the vines, ushering in the cool breezes ideal for growing delicate, flavorful Pinot Noir. The vines here produce complex, layered fruit that translates to an earthy minerality and exceptional natural acidity in the glass.
Once harvested, the grapes were carefully sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. During a 7 to 9 day maceration period, Délestage—the process of removing the grape seeds and allowing the juice to remain in contact with the skins—was employed. This technique helped to release the aromatic character of the fruit, enhance the color and flavor of the wine, and create soft, round tannins. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (27% new) for 10 months.
The 2016 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures, though welcomed rains occurred in the late winter and early spring after years of drought. Bud break was early though slowed with April showers leading to a harvest that was still early, though with a heavier crop than the 2015 vintage.