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Pinot Noir

2009 Pinot Noir

 2009 library pinot noirDe Angelis Wines released this now Library Pinot Noir in July of 2011.  We sourced the fruit for this Library Pinot Noir  from both warm and cool weather vineyards.  The resultant wine is a 14.1% alcohol, classic Pinot Noir, that exhibits a terrific mouthfeel, a long finish, and fruit both on the nose, and in the mouth.  Combining the best fruit from two regions demonstrates that the best wine is made from great fruit grown in two micro-climates. We fermented this wine using a number of different yeasts. This practice allows us to titrate flavors, and other organoleptic qualities of the wine we make.

Once barreled, we  aged the wine in both Hungarian and French oak barrels for 14 months, to develop slowly.  We bottled this Pinot Noir  in mid-February, 2011.  Further  aging occurred for an additional 12 months in bottle before its release in 2011. As can be seen from the bottle shot to the left, this wine sports our  original cherub label.

From the time this wine was in barrel, it was clear that this wine would be a great De Angelis Wines Pinot Noir. Barrel tasting throughout aging was very exciting and rewarding . While young by our standards when released, this Pinot Noir is as good now as a Pinot Noir should be!

As the years between 2009 and 2017 continue onward, this Library Pinot Noir acts as a symbol of just how long a well made wine can continue to improve. Obviously proper storage conditions must be maintained to expect a wine to be as good, or better, than it was when initially released in 2011.  There is very little of this wine left in our Library.  It is, and it is still one of De Angelis Wines best sellers! Try a six pack.

Price: $47.75

2010 Pinot Noir

2010pinoThe 2010 Pinot Noir was made from a relatively large lot of fine, cool weather fruit from Cerro Prieto Vineyards on the West Site of Paso Robles California. A smaller lot of Pinot Noir grapes was sourced from fruit grown in the Templeton Gap area – a quite prestigious wine growing area also in Paso Robles. This combination of different fruits grown in two different regions of Paso Robles resulted in a wine with great balance.  The fruit was vinified using three different yeasts in three separate fermentations carried out on each lot. Each yeast contributed different organoleptic properties to each lot. All three lots were blended together after fermentation.

This additional effort and care resulted in the crisp, fruit forward and balanced wine described below. One objective of using cool weather fruit is to add acidity to the blend, and to do so as naturally as possible. Soft tannins and long chain poly-phenols are contributed by the warm weather fruit. This wine was aged in a combination of Hungarian and French oak barrels for 18 months, and was allowed to develop slowly in barrel. It was bottled in mid-May, 2012, and subsequently allowed to bottle age for an additional 20 months. A very limited release of this wine was done on Memorial Day, 2013. A further release occurred in October of 2013, with full release in January of 2014.

From the time this wine was in barrel, it was clear that this wine would be a very fine representation of a De Angelis Wines Pinot Noir. We have paired it with many different dishes as we allowed it to age. It stands up to aggressively seasoned foods, as well as those not so strongly seasoned.

SOLD OUT – SORRY


2011 Pinot Noir

2011PinoThis 2011 Pinot Noir is the latest released wine in the De Angelis Wines collection…

This wine, was made from a 3.1 ton lot of fruit from Cerro Prieto Vineyards on the West Site of Paso Robles California.  The fruit was vinified on October 11, 2011 using two different yeasts in two separate fermentations. Half of the fruit was used in each fermentation carried out on each lot. Each yeast contributed different organoleptic properties to each lot. Both lots were blended together after fermentation. This additional effort and care resulted in a wine offering soft tannins, medium chain poly-phenols, wonderful aromas and a substantial mouthfeel to this wine. The wine was aged in a combination of Hungarian and French oak barrels for 18 months, and allowed to develop slowly. It was bottled in on June 21, 2013, and subsequently allowed to bottle age for an additional 14 months.

As we followed this wine through all its maturation, we well knew that we would have to indeed work hard to equal our fine – almost completely sold out – 2010 Pinot Noir.  However as we tasted and worked with this wine over its aging lifetime, that concern was assuaged as it became clear that this Pinot Noir would develop into a very fine representation of a De Angelis Wines wine.

We have paired it with many different dishes as we allowed it to age. It stands up to aggressively seasoned foods as well as those not so strongly seasoned. On a warm evening, we also enjoy it with a wide variety of cheeses – especially softer cheeses. (180 Cases Produced)

Price: $39.87

2012 Pinot Noir

2012 Pinot NoirThis wine, was made from a 4.7 ton lot of fruit purchased from two prestigious vineyards on the West Site of Paso Robles California. The fruit was processed on October 18, 2012. Three and a third tons of the fruit was vinified in stainless steel and the remainder in half ton bins. The tank was pumped over twice a day while the bins were gently “punched down” three times a day. We do this to maintain control over the must, as we monitor and maximize color, taste and aroma during fermentation. For those interested in some of the chemistry of this Pinot Noir, the pH was 3.68, the TA is 0.79, and the Brix was 25.5 when picked.

Each lot contributed different organoleptic properties to the blended lots once fermentation was complete. This additional effort and care resulted in a wine offering soft tannins, medium chain poly-phenols, wonderful aromas and a substantial mouthfeel to this wine. The wine was aged in a combination of Hungarian and French oak barrels for 19 months, and allowed to develop slowly. It was bottled in on May 3, 2014, and subsequently allowed to bottle age for an additional 24 months.

As we followed this wine through all its maturation, we knew that we would have to indeed work hard to equal our fine 2010 and 2011 Pinot Noir vintages. The wine’s color is a deep garnet, but a bit lighter than other red wines, and including some Pinot Noir from other areas of California. The aroma profile of this De Angelis Wines Pinot Noir offers a nose that is elegant, and a taste that is smooth, with a great acidity and balance. The mouthfeel and finish are what is expected from a balanced carefully made Pinot Noir.

Summation: This wine tends to be of light to medium body with an aroma reminiscent of black cherry, strawberry while at the same time offers hints of toasted oak and smooth mild tannins.

We have paired it with many different dishes as we allowed it to age. It stands up to aggressively seasoned meat, poultry and fish as well as those not so strongly seasoned. On a warm evening, we also enjoy it with a wide variety of cheeses – especially softer cheeses.

Price: $39.90

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