Carpe Diem Pinot Noir is made in Northern California's Anderson Valley. Over the years, this region has gained the reputation of an ideal terroir to grow Pinot Noir for still wines. Grapes for the Carpe Diem Pinot Noir are selected exclusively from the best vineyards in the cool Anderson Valley. This fog-shrouded region not far from Mendocino Coast and the Pacific Ocean provides ideal growing conditions for these delicate grapes.
Vinified under the meticulous supervision of Roederer's winemaking team, Carpe Diem's philosophy is to offer the best of two worlds: the richness of California fruit and the elegance of a French wine.
Destemmed grapes were sorted, inoculated and fermented (indigenous yeast) with moderate punch downs of 1-2 per day for 12 days before pressing in a small vertical basket press. 100% French oak barrel aging includes 23% new oak during an extended malolactic fermentation. After 10 months in barrel, the wine is blended and bottled with loose filtration.
Elegant and reserved aromas are pretty with freshly crushed cherry, mushroom and wet earth tones. Generous flavors of plum, blackberry and leather are uplifted with a great texture, silky tannin and crisp acidity.
A combination of Dijon and heritage clones were harvested from seven carefully selected estate parcels during the cool nights of late August and early September 2016.
Pairs beautifully with roasted beef tenderloin, creamy Parmesan chicken, and semi-hard cheeses such as asiago and manchego.