2013 Kuleto Estate Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
Over the years, we’ve learned to treat our Pinot Noir like we think one should. That is, to not pick it too ripe despite the warmer growing conditions, and to try and capture the best aroma we can without worrying about color. The grapes were destemmed into a small open-top fermenter and fermented cool to avoid harsh tannin pickup. Punch-downs were kept to a minimum and press wine was not included for the same reason. Despite not concerning ourselves with the color, our 2013 is a beautiful deep ruby. It pumps out classic Pinot Noir aromas of ripe red plums, dried orange rind, and something herbal and sweet like fennel or tarragon.
Food Pairing Notes
The perfect foil to just about anything you love to eat.
100% Pinot Noir (Pommard, 115 and 667 clones, El Molino and ‘DRC’ selections)
19 months in 50% new French oak
100% barrel fermented
Like vintage 2012, vintage 2013 it was ‘perfect’ by nearly all grape-growing standards in that yields were slightly above average, the weather was evenly warm, and fruit moved toward ideal ripeness without the fits and starts of the preceding two vintages. This produced wines with tremendous fruit flavors and textural depth. If you’re wondering if we in the Napa Valley ever tire of ‘perfect’ vintages, the answer is “not at all”.
Only 145 cases produced