California Pinot Noir wine Monticello Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2005 is produced from Pinot Noir grapes that the Corley family grow in the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley. This region of Napa Valley provides a cool climate from which we produce grapes that are lush with rich flavors and an abundance of fruit. As is typical for Monticello's California Pinot Noir, this wine has very strong red-berry aromatics, including raspberry and strawberry. There are hints of vanilla, spice and cola which accent the fruit. The tannins are supple, and frame this Pinot-Noir wine very well. It is a medium to full bodied California wine that was aged 16 months in French Oak barrels and has a very nice balance of fruit and acidity. The berry flavors coat the palate and the finish resonates with berry and spice. Monticello Vineyards Estate Grown Pinot 2005 is full of vim, vigor and vibrancy. 2005 was one of the most memorable vintages in recent years. Not only did Monticello Vineyard have a large crop, the quality was high across the board. The Corley family was able to let some Pinot Noir blocks ripen for about two weeks longer than usual, resulting in some very nice aromatic and flavor components. Drink through 2012.
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The Corley Family’s Monticello Vineyards is an innovative and acclaimed limited production estate winery located in Napa Valley, California. All of their wines have won innumerable awards over the last 25 years, been honored as top 100 wines by the major publications, have been served in the White House and have honored the Academy Awards. Jay Corley came to Napa Valley in 1969 seeking land to plant and grow an estate vineyard. Thirty-five plus years later, sons Kevin, Chris and Stephen manage the winery. This small winery produces about 15,000 cases of wine annually designated MONTICELLO VINEYARDS, CORLEY RESERVE and CORLEY. In 1969 Jay Corley began searching for an appropriate site to grow wine grapes and quickly recognized that the best wines in the United States were made from grapes grown in the Napa Valley. Since his personal interest was in Burgundian-style wines, he chose to initially focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and therefore acquired land in what is now known as the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley in 1970. The Oak Knoll District is in southern Napa Valley, just north of the town of Napa, and with its cooler temperatures, the Oak Knoll District is ideal for growing these varietals. In 1980, a winemaker started to oversee the harvest and crushing of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes for MONTICELLO VINEYARDS wines. In 1982, the winery was moved into a state of the art winery in the Home Ranch Vineyard and also produced the first CORLEY RESERVE wines. MONTREAUX Brut followed in 1983, Pinot Noir in 1984, Merlot in 1990, CORLEY Proprietary Red Wine in 1999; Cabernet Franc in 2003 and Syrah in 2004. The over-riding philosophy is that great wines are made in the vineyards. That is why they have made such a tremendous commitment to ownership of the most suitable land for grapes. Already satisfied with the strength and quality of the Oak Knoll estates for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, they set out in pursuit of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the warmer districts of Napa Valley. Today they farm five vineyards in the Napa Valley - the Home Ranch Vineyard and Knollwood Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District planted to Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah vines, and the State Lane Vineyard in Yountville, Tietjen Vineyard on Niebaum Lane in Rutherford and Ehlers Lane Vineyard in St. Helena, each planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Monticello winery has received numerous awards and high reviews, which has led to a short supply of their wines.
RATINGS: Bronze Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Home Ranch Vineyard – Blocks II, III – Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
Block II is planted to Dijon #777;
Block III is planted to Dijon #667, #777, #113, #115.
Each posses its own individual character: bright fruit aromatics and flavors in one and darker aspects in another, fuller mouth-feel with firmer tannins, while another had a silkier texture. Overall this pinot noir is characterized with lush berry flavors and rich bright fruit.
Everything was crushed to small fermenters and punched down by hand. Fermentations were approximately ten days, and the wines were drained then pressed at or just prior to dryness. Barrel aged, the wine was racked to blend and then to bottle. Gentle vinification remained Monticell's mantra in 2005.
Barrel Aging: 16 months in French Oak