Los Carneros 2013
A warm, dry spring brought early bud break in 2013; we experienced ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity. Early ripening varietals came off the vines by early September, with perfect ripeness and ideal hang time. Two brief mid-September rains had virtually no impact, as sunny weather dried the grapes almost immediately. Cool, sunny weather throughout October allowed great flavor development. Overall, the 2013 harvest was early, even and excellent
The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine were grown in the Carneros region, where soils are dense, shallow, of low to moderate fertility, and high in clay content. While the soils lead to low yields, the region’s maritime climate allows a longer growing season; the end result is balanced color, flavor and acidity in the harvested grapes. This Pinot Noir is produced from two vineyards: the Champlin Creek Vineyard in western Carneros and the Truchard Vineyard in northeastern Carneros. These vineyards are under long-term contracts, providing consistency from vintage to vintage..
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were hand picked. After destemming, the grapes were whole-berry fermented in open-top fermenters, which were punched down manually to provide maximum flavor and minimum harsh tannins. Following fermentation, the wine was transferred to small French oak barrels for fourteen months. The barrels were 35% new and 65% used (2nd and 3rd year.) Prior to bottling, the wine received minimal filtration and fining to preserve the fresh berry flavors.
Dark plums, cherry, cola and leather are present in this wine’s aroma. The soft vanilla tones from the oak blend perfectly with the intense fruit core and soft tannins, providing complexity and balance and leading to a lingering finish.
Ratings & Reviews
90 points - 2012 Vintage
"A bright and delicate pinot with plum and dried berry.
Medium body, fresh finish. Drink now."
- James Suckling, July 2015 Download PDF
90 points - 2011 Vintage
"From grapes sourced from two vineyards in Carneros, the wine displays pretty strawberry aromas with spicy hints from the oak. Quite polished and elegant, this has some silky tannins, leading to delicate strawberry and dark cherry characters on the finish. Drink 2014-2016."
- Decanter, November 2014 Download PDF
89 points - 2009 Vintage
"Nearing four years of age, this Pinot is delicious to drink now. It's mellow and silky, with just enough acidity to give the raspberry and red currant flavors zest. This is Waterstone’s most complete Pinot Noir in many years."
- Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide, July 2013 Download PDF
• Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
• Appellation: Carneros
• Alcohol: 14.7%
• TA: 0.53 g/100ml
• pH: 3.71
• Oak Aging: 14 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 35% new
• Bottling Date: April 15, 2015
• Production: 603 cases