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2016 Swanson Vineyards Pinot Noir, Salon Select, Carneros, 750ml

Wine Specs

Vintage 2016
Appellation Carneros
Varietal Pinot Noir
Alcohol content 14.5%
Case Production 259
Release Type Current

2016 Salon Pinot Noir

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Bright ruby color in the glass, showing Pinot Noir's characteristically medium-bodied density. On the nose it displays dark cherries, cola and plum with a touch of autumnal wood smoke, cured meat and leather. Complex yet approachable this Pinot bears the hallmarks of the cool Carneros region, bringing fresh acidity to textured tannins and bright Pinot fruit.

Wine Profile

Winemaker Notes
Our 2016 vintage Pinot Noir is from the 777 clone, hand-picked on the 5th of September. At the winery 100% of the grapes were gently destemmed into stainless-steel open-top fermentation tanks. We dropped the temperature of the must and allowed the grapes to cold soak for three days before gently allowing the must to warm back up in time for fermentation to start. We used a strain of yeast called Assmanhausen, isolated from the Geisenheim Research Institute in Germany to carry out primary fermentation, this lasted for fourteen days, after which we gently pressed the wine from the skins and sent the wine to barrel. Malolactic fermentation naturally occured in barrel and the wine underwent 10 months maturation time in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% once used French oak barrels.

Harvest Notes
A near perfect growing season in 2016 ensured that our harvest was of extremely high quality. Benefiting from early bud break and plenty of spring rain, we saw early growth of the young canopy. As the temperatures started to rise and the rain events became less frequent, the vines flowered, moving into bloom with optimum conditions, helping promote a successful and abundant fruit set. The drought conditions of the previous years were starting to recede as we maintained a full soil moisture profile for much of the early growing season in all our vineyards. As we moved into veraison - the period where the small green berries start to develop color, gain sugar and lose their acidity - we began to see the true potential that 2016 was offering. It was fortunate that the rains held off until mid-October, as we were able to harvest our vineyards at precisely the right time, optimizing fruit flavor intensity whilst retaining the natural bright balanced acidity of the grape.