2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir PNX Carneros Napa Valley
100% Pinot Noir
Bright, black cherry fruit aromas with a hint of spice lead us into this generous Pinot Noir with its silky, fleshy texture. Imagine biting into a ripe summer cherry and enjoying its vibrant juiciness and its fresh lingering finish.
The grapes for this 2012 PNX are from two acclaimed vineyards on the Napa side of the Carneros appellation, Stanly Ranch and Rancho Carneros. The vineyards lie next to the San Pablo Bay where cool temperatures create an ideal environment for intense Pinot Noir aromatics. We selected blocks from these vineyards where Pinot Noir shows its more opulent, voluptuous side.
Appellation: Carneros, Napa Valley
Grape Sourcing: 100% Los Carneros AVA (Napa)
Hand -harvested Pinot Noir grapes were fermented and macerated in oak tanks for 20 days. Each tank contained 20-30% whole (uncrushed) grape clusters, a practice that adds spiciness and structure. A four to ten day cold soak enhanced color extraction and tannin texture. Malolactic fermentation and 10 months of aging occurred in 70% new Burgundian oak barrels. The wine was bottled in August, 2013.
The 2012 growing season was a delightful vintage showcasing the weather pattern that has made Napa Valley famous - a season made up of warm days, cool nights and a long dry growing season- virtually ideal conditions for the vines and the growers. The mild conditions during the growing season allowed the generous crop to mature slowly and evenly. This harvest the grapes for the PNX blend were picked on September 7.