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Clos Pegase Pinot Noir Mitsuko's Vineyard 2010

Clos Pegase Pinot Noir Mitsuko's Vineyard 750ml 2010      
Sku: 1896456*

Clos Pegase is located in the northern part of the Napa Valley just off the Silverado Trail near Calistoga. Owner Jan Shrem built a successful publishing business in Japan and during this time married a Japanese woman named Mitsuko. She introduced Jan to wine and after 25 years in the publishing business he entered the enology program at the University of Bordeaux. Eventually he moved to Napa and enlisted the help of Andre Tchelistcheff, a winemaker of international renown and a seminal figure in the modern California wine industry, who guided Clos Pegase through its early years. Winemaker Richard Sowalsky embraces simplicity – using natural yeasts, gentle handling and minimal filtration to produce wines of understated elegance. Clos Pegase owns and manages more than 450 acres in the Napa Valley, with 286 planted to vines. One third of the grapes produced are sold to other wineries, including Acacia, Duckhorn, and Schramsberg.

Tasting notes
The nose offers notes black and red cherry, Darjeeling tea, sweet spices and roasted hazelnuts. Mellow tannins are balanced by mouth-watering acidity and a spicy finish.

Rating
 Wine Spectator 90 points (Jun 15 2014)
Fresh and snappy, with rich, lively blackberry and blueberry fruit that’s deep and concentrated without being weighty. Offers a long, layered finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,925 cases made. –JL

Technical notes
A single vineyard Pinot Noir planted on Haire and Diablo clay loam. When the fruit arrived at the winery, some lots were destemmed to lend purity of fruit while some lots were left whole cluster, adding structure and spice. Following fermentation the wine was aged for nine months in French oak (35% new).

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Carneros
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine
 
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