Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Carneros
Winemaker Trevor Durling

Our Pinot Noir Ranch 5 showcases the fruit from one of our most treasured vineyards in the Los Carneros Region. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, under the guidance of legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff, we grafted the vines to a selection of Pinot Noir clones that yield a complex, beautifully balanced wine. Now, our winemaker blends the delicate raspberry, floral and mineral notes of the Dijon clones with the deeper, ripe black-raspberry and cocoa character of clone 12. The wine’s silky texture is also enhanced by clone 12, which provides structure without being too tannic. Barrel aging weaves together the complementary wine components and adds hints of racy, smoky oak.

Tasting Note

The 2016 Ranch No. 5 Pinot Noir offers vibrant aromas of black raspberry, wild strawberry, layers of baking spice and sweet vanilla. The ripe, concentrated fruit flavors are balanced by smooth tannins and bright acidity, which lifts the entire wine. This well-balanced wine is extremely food-friendly or easy to enjoy on its own. 

Vineyard Note

The Georges de Latour family purchased Ranch No. 5 in the late 1950s as their first Beaulieu Vineyard property in the Los Carneros region. With pioneering spirit, they relied on André's prediction that Los Carneros would be a spectacular region for Pinot Noir, which proved incredibly accurate. We selected grapes for this wine from two Pinot Noir blocks in this vineyard: the Dijon-clones are rooted in the northwest corner of the property and the clone 12 vines are grown in our "Maestro" block in the southeast corner, which was one André’s favorite sites. The Los Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), at the southern tip of Napa Valley, is a cool, marine-influenced region known for fostering vibrantly fruity Pinot Noir.

Vintage Note

The 2016 vintage was another beautiful year for high quality, fully-developed fruit with concentrated flavors. The region enjoyed more rain during the winter months but the vineyards are still seeing the effect from several years of drought conditions resulting in a lighter than normal crop. With no spring frost or heat spikes throughout the growing season this is another banner vintage for vintners and growers across the Napa Valley.

Winemaking Note

To develop this wine’s complex fruit expression, we first cluster and berry-sorted the fruit to ensure optimal ripeness and evenness, then cold soaked the destemmed grapes for gentle flavor and color extraction. The fermenting wine was gently pumped over three times each day in stainless steel tanks, where fermentation on skins occurred for 7 to 8 days. The lots were then pressed off to barrel and aged for 16 months exclusively in French oak (50% new).
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