Gauthier Select Vineyards
2013 Pinot Noir Napa Valley Carneros
Pinot Noir •Richmond Vineyard
California: Napa Valley: Carneros
Built to Last
Greg Gauthier and Michael Richmond have a grape growing and winemaking relationship that dates back to the early days of Acacia winery. Today, Greg’s 2013 Pinot Noir from Richmond’s home vineyard in Carneros is reminiscent of those lovely Acacia Pinot Noirs from the 1980’s. This is a dynamite chance to save big on a high-end Carneros Pinot Noir from a duo who helped to shape the scene.
Dark crimson. Opaque.
Rich fruit aromatics with tea incense and the signature savory scent of Carneros Pinot Noir. Ripe, juicy, and of the earth - and San Pablo Bay wind and fog. Impressive perfume.
Deep, dark, and cherry-laced with mocha-mushroom umami, rose garden essence, cran-pomegranate, cacao, mint. Multi-dimensional taste. 110% legit Carneros Pinot Noir by the standards of any decade.
It’s a young wine now, but delivers abundant pleasure at this point. There are tannins within that suggest a nice ride in the cellar of up to a decade. Saturated and very fine indeed. Extremely delicious Pinot Noir that’s built to last.
The case could easily be made for Chinese roasted duck, as a greasy bird rinse. Or, also fun is David Chang’s Bo Ssam recipe. Good for the mountains apres ski. Grilled wild salmon. Winter mushrooms of the Pacific NW. Bacon.
What the Winery Says
- Greg Gauthier
- Richmond Vineyard, Napa Valley-Carneros, AVA
- Pinot Noir
- Total Production
- 800 cases
- Alcohol content