The foundation for the Carneros Pinot Noir is the Sangiacomo Vineyards and Beckstoffer Vineyards, both located in the heart of Carneros, near the shores of the San Pablo Bay. The maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates the cool temperature, fog and wind that make the Carneros region ideally suited for growing cool climate varieties like Pinot Noir. Some estate Pinot Noir from Frank Family’s Lewis Vineyard is also selected to round out this appellation-designate wine. Lewis Vineyard consists primarily of shallow and dense clay loam soils, receiving only 20 inches of rainfall annually. The restricting soils result in extremely low yields, producing grapes with strong character and balanced acidity.
Bright ruby in color, the 2018 Carneros Pinot Noir is lively and fresh with a beautiful exploration of rose petal, pomegranate, and cranberry. It shows a wealth of flavor and texture with a full-bodied figure of ripeness and structured acidity