2012 Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir, 1.5L
Bright aromas of cherry and boysenberry with white pepper and fresh herb. Vibrant cherry and cocoa nib on the palate with cedar and tobacco notes.
An iconic vineyard within the Carneros AVA, Stanly Ranch was originally planted in 1870 by Judge Stanly. Saintsbury's relationship with the Stanly Ranch formed in 1984 and this partnership remains intimate despite the popularity of the site. Today we enjoy exclusive access to the Stanly Ranch grapes from three hillside blocks that sit on clay loam soil.
Appellation: Carneros, Napa
Clones: 23% Dijon 115, 77% Dijon 667
Terroir: Clay loam soils with a mix of exposures form hillside blocks
An ideal growing season - no frost, a mild spring and a tranquil fall resulted in very high quality fruit.
Harvest Dates: September 7 and September 14
The fruit is night harvested and arrives at our crushpad at daybreak. From there, each block remains separate and receives gentle handling from the sorting table to small, open-top fermenters for 5-days of cold soak prior to fermentaion. Total cuvaison is 14 days.
Aging: 11 months in 32% new French oak barrels
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: 90 points