Donít just read Kent Rasmussenís wisdom about Carneros and Pinot Noir. Drink it.
If youíve seen his recent Wine.Woot guest blog post, youíve learned a thing or two about Pinot Noir and Carneros from Kent Rasmussen, a guy who knows. Youíve learned how California produced lousy Pinot until the early pioneers realized it needed cool weather. You know that a windswept, forgotten corner of Napa called Carneros gave birth to the first high-quality California Pinot Noir back in the Ď60s. And you know that despite the rise of other cool wine-growing regions, it still produces the best and most distinctive Pinot Noir on the West Coast.
But knowing something and knowing it are two different things. Itís fine to read about the unique character of Carneros Pinot, especially when the commentator is as knowledgeable and articulate as Kent. But the truth is in the tasting.
And according to the winemaker, the 2006 Kent Rasmussen Pinot Noir is one of the best vintages in years. A growing season with warm days, cool nights, no rain, and no heat spikes produced ideal Pinot grapes. And since heís been working with these vines for so many years now, Kent Rasmussen knows just how to coddle and caress them during the fermentation process. The result is a rich, rounded Pinot Noir, with its black cherry, mushroom, licorice, raspberry, and vanilla character enhanced by the addition of some Hungarian oak barrels to the usual French oak.
As we were saying earlier, though, thereís only so much that mere words can convey. Weíll stop wagging our tongues so you can start wrapping yours around the distinctively Carneros quality of this 2006 Kent Rasmussen Pinot Noir.
2006 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir:
- Vineyard: Rasmussen Carneros Estate Vineyard on Cuttings Wharf Road in the Napa-Carneros
- Harvest Date: September 20, 2006
- Brix at Harvest: 24.7 degrees
- Barrels: 40% new, 60% once-used barrels, 80% French, 20% Hungarian oak
- pH: 3.71
- Total Acidity: 5.2 grams/liter
- Alcohol: 13.87%
- Free Sulfur Dioxide: 27 parts per million
- Total Sulfur Dioxide: 84 parts per million
- Bottling DateAugust 22, 2007
- Production: 1531 cases (12◊750ml)
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