2008 Bouchaine Carneros Pinot Noir Magnum
The wine exhibits classic Carneros terroir: pomegranate, plum, and cherry fruit highlights the balanced nuances of coffee and toffee. These multiple layers of flavor lead to a silky finish that lingers on the palate.
The 2008 vintage was marked by a second year of drought conditions. Prudent watering from partially-filled ponds allowed for full fruit development of the limited crop. The Carneros had the longest frost season in decades followed by tripledigit heat, then light rains in mid-May while the grapes were in bloom. A cool summer gave way to September heat that ripened the vines, producing bright and rich fruit intensity. Our 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir is a harmonious blend of Burgundian clones from our own vineyards and select lots from neighboring vineyards. Mahoney’s Las Brisas Vineyard and Casa Carneros. Oak barrels ranging in forest source, toasting intensity, and barrel age from new to a few seasons old were used to enhance the complexity of the final blend.