2010 Z-D Pinot Noir

Year: 2010
Appellation: Carneros
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Red Wine
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"Ripe cherry scents are fleshed out by roasted vanilla bean notes and hints of smoke in this wine's fairly direct, interesting aromas, and the wine follows on the palate with a slightly rounded feel that comes with suggestions of varietal velvet and a promise of an inviting future. Firmed up by a touch of tart energy within its medium-length finish, this one would find a home today with a salmon fillet pan-grilled in butter, yet its inner stuffing raises the prospect of better to come with aging. Reviewed: February 2012" (CG)

Winery Notes:
The 2010 harvest reminded everyone that Mother Nature is always in charge. A cool, wet spring set flowering and fruit set back by at least two weeks, followed by a cooler than normal June/July and then a two day heat spike in August that wiped out previous heat records and about 20% of our Pinot Noir crop. Needless to say, there were many sleepless nights for everyone. But, as always, patience was rewarded in the end, and a somewhat smaller pinot crop ripened perfectly through September and when Jim Haire arrived on Oct 5th with the first pick of our organically farmed Clone 667 Carneros Pinot Noir, we were reminded once again why the Carneros produces some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. With a gorgeous dark ruby color, and intense aromas of briary black cherry and raspberry mingled with hints of cedar, sarsaparilla, and rhubarb, this 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully right now and should age gracefully for many years to come. - Chris Pisani, Winemaker