Carpe Diem Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, California, United States
August 1, 2017, Oz Clarke & Ronan Sayburn MS
“An exciting wine that is positively lean in style, and then a pure, dry strawberry fruit asserts itself on the palate, mingled with herbs and rosehip, and just a little nutty sweetness to soften it.” Ronan Sayburn MS (95): “A remarkable mix of deliciousness and elegance: red and black fruits coming through on the nose and lingering throughout the palate making this a well-balanced wine with great length.”
December 1, 2016, Jim Gordon
“Bright aromas and vibrant fruit flavors combine for a very energized, beautifully balanced wine that will shine at the dinner table. It has rhubarb and sour-cherry aromas, red-cherry and cinnamon flavors, a lively texture and lingering finish.”
Carpe Diem Pinot Noir is made in Northern California‘s Anderson Valley. Over the years, this region has gained the reputation of an ideal terroir to grow Pinot Noir for still wines. Grapes for the Carpe Diem Pinot Noir are selected exclusively from the best vineyards in the cool Anderson Valley. This fog-shrouded region not far from Mendocino Coast and the Pacific Ocean provides ideal growing conditions for these delicate grapes.
Vinified under the meticulous supervision of Roederer‘s winemaking team, Carpe Diem‘s philosophy is to offer the best of two worlds: the richness of California fruit and the elegance of a French wine.
De-stemmed grapes were sorted, inoculated and fermented with moderate punchdowns of 1-2 per day for 12 days before pressing in a small vertical basket press. 100% French oak barrel ageing includes 19% new during an extended malo-lactic fermentation. After 10 months in barrel, the wine is blended and bottled with loose filtration.
Principal coopers are François Frères, Chassin, and Seguin Moreau.
The Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2014 show aromas of fresh cherries and exotic spices. Black cherry flavors are kept fresh by brisk acidity.
Pair the 2014 vintage with a roasted pheasant with bright, tangerine roasted root vegetables, or any dish highlighting grilled chicken and herbs.
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Wine Alcohol: 13.7%
Fermentation: 14-22 days in open top fermenters at 82°F
Aging: Nine months in barrels
Aging Potential: 5-10 years
Suggested Retail Price: $30.00