Napa Cellars Pinot Noir
The Napa Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir reflects a bright, stunning garnet color with visible density. This elegant wine delivers beautiful, earthy aromas of baked cherry pie, with subtle cigar box and cedar notes. Faint flavors of strawberry and dark cherry erupt on the palate and are supported by a fantastic hint of cranberry in the finish. This wine is well structured with excellent depth and balanced acidity. For a decadent meal, pair with grilled chicken and sautéed mushrooms and dark chocolate for dessert.
Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir are sourced exclusively from prime vineyards in South Napa Valley, where the vines are situated in a cool region close to San Pablo Bay. The maritime influences of morning fog and the cool breeze are ideal for growing Pinot Noir. The vines in this region produce fruit with layers of complexity resulting in wines with earthy minerality and exceptional natural acidity.
Once harvested, the fruit is carefully sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. To enhance color and flavor, extensive seed removal occurs the delestage procedures that are incorporated during the seven day maceration period. This process helps to release the aromatic characters to create full, round tannins. After fermentation, the wine is aged in 100% French Oak Barrels for seven months.