2010 Brown Ranch Pinot Noir
Savory aromas of mushroom, cedar and cigar box, which lead to dark cherry and mulberry. Silky smooth entrance with flavors of sage and thyme with layers of rich dark cherry and French roast.
Pairings: Game, Duck, Lamb and Rich Stews.
92pts “Editor’s Choice,” Wine Enthusiast, 6/2013 92pts, International Wine Cellar/ Steve Tanzer, 9/2012
“A Napa Wine Producer We Love,” Food & Wine Magazine, 1/2013
We purchased Brown Ranch in 1990. Originally a hayfield and Percheron horse farm, we planted 22 acres to Dijon and Pommard Pinot Noir clones. Our first harvest was in 1995. The Estate is located amid the rolling hills in the “banana belt” of Carneros, Brown Ranch is certified Napa Green.
Appellation: Carneros, Napa
Clones: Dijon 667 and Pommard
Terroir: A mix of loam and clay soil, hillside locations ideal for drainage. Warm days and cool evening provide optimal growing conditions.
Characterized by a cool growing season which produced slow ripening, low-yielding, high quality fruit. An Indian Summer aided in the full and final development of the grapes on the vine, resulting in optimal fruit coming in at Harvest.
Harvest Date: September 26th & October 1st and 6th
After night harvesting , the fruit from Brown Ranch travels just a few miles down Old Sonoma Road to Saintsbury . From there, each block remains separate and receives gentle handling starting on the sorting table and into small open top fermentation.
Aging: 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels (François Frères and Taransaud)
Case Production: 683