Los Carneros 2015
2015 was one of the earliest harvests on record in Napa Valley; a dry, warm winter with only 75% of normal precipitation resulted in small grape clusters with highly concentrated flavors. Bud break was early, and there was an uneven fruit set due to a long flowering period; this led to a lighter crop. A surge in hot temperatures in the final weeks of harvest brought the last of the crop in quickly. Overall, the 2015 vintage was early and light, with wines showing richness and deep flavor.
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.
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 eighteen months. The barrels were 27% new and 73% used (2nd and 3rd year.) Prior to bottling, the wine received minimal filtration and fining to preserve the fresh berry flavors.
Garnet color, red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, spiced oak and a slight oakiness; mineral character, medium-bodied, supple fruit carries through with spice and cherry lingering on the 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: 14.6%
• TA: 0.59 g/100ml
• pH: 3.52
• Oak Aging: 18 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 27% new
• Bottling Date: May 18, 2017
• Production: 250 cases