NEW WINERY LAUNCHES TWO PINOT NOIRS -
CARNEROS DELLA NOTTE RELEASES WINES FROM ITS ARTISAN VINEYARD
IN NAPA VALLEY
First Glow-in-the Dark Label Brings Unique Twist to Wine Labeling
Napa Valley, CA (April 15, 2005) --- Carneros della Notte vineyards today announced their debut release, consisting of two pinot noirs vintage 2003 now available at www.carnerosdellanotte.com. This new producer is created in partnership by two men of diverse backgrounds and is producing ultra-premium pinot noir wines from three different clones and three different rootstocks. The grapes are harvested by hand and exclusively at night while the juice chemistry is more stable. The winery’s name reflects this practice and translates to "Carneros of the Night". Carneros della Notte is also the first producer to use a glow-in-the-dark wine label to further articulate the winery’s unique approach to pinot noir production.
The premier releases are the Los Carneros Pinot Noir, a 100% Pinot Noir from the Carneros region of Napa and Sonoma Valleys, which retails at $48.00 per bottle, and the Napa Valley DIII Vineyard Pinot Noir, which is produced with grapes grown exclusively from David Harmon's Carneros-Napa Valley vineyard and is offered at $150.00 per bottle.
Carneros della Notte’s founders are Dave Harmon, a former founder of wine.com and past chauffeur to Robert Mondavi and Darin Applebury, a United Airlines pilot.
Each year David begins in the vineyard. Engaged in viticulture and hands-on farming, he commits himself to the vines throughout the growing season, doing labor-intensive management such as shoot positioning to insure proper fruit exposure, rigorous crop thinning, precise irrigation and timely harvest. “I focus on preserving the flavors born in the vineyard,” said David. “I spend more and more of my time walking the vine rows — measuring, evaluating, tasting and planning the future of each individual lot.”
In the winery, Dave and Darin chooses techniques to produce balanced, “fruit and spice based” wines with the structure and depth to age gracefully. His objective is to enhance, but not overshadow, the qualities of the grapes. “Each vineyard has its own personality, and I bring that to light.” Dave and Darin’s winemaking techniques vary on a lot-by-lot basis. Dave and Darin cold soaks the pinot noir, chilling the must prior to inoculation. They favor gentle handling, direct barreling after fermentation and racking the wines once to separate out the gross lees. Drawing from his favorite coopers, frames the fruit character with complementary French oak barrels. Each year they purchases a large percentage of new French cooperage, replacing his barrels after two vintages. Both of these new releases are filtered using a cross flow filter system which he believes enhances the mouth feel of the wine.
About The Company
Founded in 2003, Carneros della Notte is a boutique winery owned and operated in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, California. The founding partners are Dave Harmon and Darin Applebury. The winery is dedicated to the production of ultra-premium pinot noir wines which are available on the Web at www.carnerosdelllanotte.com.
For more information, please contact David Harmon, Partner, 707-495-2464.