For more than 20 years, Saintsbury Garnet has stood as the benchmark for high value, high quality Carneros Pinot Noir. We created Garnet in 1983 with the idea of making a highly perfumed, freshly styled Pinot Noir that would reflect the character of the Carneros climate and soils.
Each year we comb through the numerous barrels of pinot in our cellar to identify those lots that will combine to create an early-drinking, refreshing style of Pinot Noir. Because we have worked with such an array of Carneros vineyards over the years and know well the various vineyard characteristics, microclimates and soils, we already have a good idea of which lots will make up Garnet in any given year. We choose those wines that display precocious raspberry and black cherry fruit, a plump middle and soft ripe tannins to create this delicious, approachable Carneros Pinot Noir.
2006 marks our twenty fourth vintage of Garnet Carneros Pinot Noir. The 2006 vintage was one of the longest and coolest seasons on record. The extended ripening period allowed our winemaking team to make a wine with a full compliment of red fruit flavors and subtle aromatic notes of forest floor, spice and lilac. The 2006 Garnet Pinot Noir exhibits the floral purity of pinot varietal character in perfect balance with just firm enough tannins and crisp acidity. Because of a short pinot crop, Saintsbury produced 2000 fewer cases of Garnet for the 2006 vintage. We encourage everyone to place their orders early and often. This vintage will be gone sooner rather than later.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
This small section of Northern California is situated at the base of both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Carneros has made its reputation with its Pinot Noirs, which are filled with strawberry, cherry, spice, and chocolate, and are very rich and seductive. Chardonnay is also excellent, very buttery but not too fat.