2007 Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir
The modern viticultural history of Carneros begins on Stanly Ranch in the1950s when Louis Martini who then owned part of the historic property began a clonal trial of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with UC Davis and another historic California wine family, the Wentes. The well-known Martini and Wente clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay emerged from these trials and were propagated and sold by the Wente grapevine nursery. The historic ranch of Judge Stanly greets visitors to the Napa Valley as they drive up Highway 29 towards the city of Napa and anchors the southeastern corner of the Carneros. The fourth incarnation of grape vines on this property began in 2001 with the development of 350 acres of vines using modern clones, spacing and vertical trellising on the property’s clay-loam soils and gently rolling hills. Saintsbury has purchased Stanly Ranch fruit since the 1984 vintage.
Today, the 2007 vintage shows classic aged bottle bouquet of dried herbs and bloomed cheese accompanies burnt sugar and spices. The palate is round and juicy with flavors of rich toffee, dried redcherries and cranberry and notes of Valrhona cocoa powder on the long and persistent finish.