Waterstone Carneros Pinot Noir 2012

Waterstone Carneros Pinot Noir 2012: Restrained nose of cherry and plum foreshadows elegance over power on the palate; plum, unsweetened cherry cola, strawberry, dash of vanilla; subtle tannin, mild acidity, dry finish; tasty, mellow, silky easy drinker. Carneros AVA lies in both Napa and Sonoma in the foothills of the Maycamas range; located just north of San Pablo Bay, the region is moderately cool and windiest part of both Napa and Sonoma; early morning fog is common, all of which makes it a natural home for French clones of chardonnay and pinot noir. Winemakers Phillip Zorn and Brent Shortridge do not own a vineyard or a winery; they stress intelligent sourcing, then make wine at rented facilities. Founded in 2000, Waterstone has built a reputation for wines that stand out for varietal character and balance at a buyer-friendly price. This effort achieves their goal with adroit skill. $22Waterstone Carneros Pinot Noir