PINOT NOIR | 2012 | CARNEROS
Great Pinot Noir is not affordable? Think again. The Palladium 2012 Pinot Noir is sourced entirely from a 45-acre vineyard of 20-year-old vines planted in nine contiguous blocks to six different clones. This Carneros Estate Pinot Noir truly represents the diversity of clones and sites within the Carneros region, with the blend composed of all nine distinct blocks within the vineyard. The result is layered and complex, evocative of the windswept, fog-covered vineyards.
The weather in 2012 was essentially perfect for growing Pinot Noir, with moderate temperatures throughout the growing season, and no rain during harvest. Each lot was fermented separately using native yeasts, with two to four punchdowns per day, and occasional pumpovers. The juice spent between 11 and 25 days on the skins, with press and free run kept separate. Malolactic fermentation took place in French oak barrels, with 20% new oak used. The final blend was assembled after 10 months aging in Oak, and bottled in August 2013.