2016 ANCILLARY CELLARS PINOT NOIR

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2016 Ancillary Cellars Pinot Noir

  • S$15597

Vintage : 2016

Country : USA

Region : Sonoma Coast

 

About Winery

mark carter’s circuitous journey to the napa valley was inspired by a love for the vineyard life and a passion to produce premium california wines. mark hails from the far northern hamlet of eureka where he started his career as a builder, renovating historical victorian homes. a modern day renaissance man, mark’s enthusiasm in food and wine led him to open the carter house inn hotel and restaurant 301, where he built a wine spectator grand award winning wine list and attracted the company of many great winemakers and chefs. it was there where mark met fred schrader and from their friendship and schrader’s tutelage, carter cellars was born. since 1996, carter cellars has produced cabernet sauvignon from the most premium vineyard blocks in the napa valley and has been honored with numerous accolades, none less extraordinary than a 100 points awarded by robert parker for carter cellars 2002 beckstoffer to kalon cabernet sauvignon.

mike smith started his winemaking career under the direction of the talented thomas brown at schrader cellars in 2001. mike put in his years as a cellar rat, traveling from oregon south to the napa valley, while working harvest free of charge to learn his craft. after his 3rd harvest, mike accepted a full-time assistant position from schrader cellars and moved his family to beautiful st. helena. it was during this period that mike was able to articulate his own philosophies on winemaking and cement his reputation for crafting terroir driven wines which allow for the natural characteristics of each vineyard to shine. he continues to make highly regarded wines for a number of successful wineries including carter cellars, myriad, quivet cellars, 12c, scarlett and now, ancillary cellars.

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About Winery

mark carter’s circuitous journey to the napa valley was inspired by a love for the vineyard life and a passion to produce premium california wines. mark hails from the far northern hamlet of eureka where he started his career as a builder, renovating historical victorian homes. a modern day renaissance man, mark’s enthusiasm in food and wine led him to open the carter house inn hotel and restaurant 301, where he built a wine spectator grand award winning wine list and attracted the company of many great winemakers and chefs. it was there where mark met fred schrader and from their friendship and schrader’s tutelage, carter cellars was born. since 1996, carter cellars has produced cabernet sauvignon from the most premium vineyard blocks in the napa valley and has been honored with numerous accolades, none less extraordinary than a 100 points awarded by robert parker for carter cellars 2002 beckstoffer to kalon cabernet sauvignon.

mike smith started his winemaking career under the direction of the talented thomas brown at schrader cellars in 2001. mike put in his years as a cellar rat, traveling from oregon south to the napa valley, while working harvest free of charge to learn his craft. after his 3rd harvest, mike accepted a full-time assistant position from schrader cellars and moved his family to beautiful st. helena. it was during this period that mike was able to articulate his own philosophies on winemaking and cement his reputation for crafting terroir driven wines which allow for the natural characteristics of each vineyard to shine. he continues to make highly regarded wines for a number of successful wineries including carter cellars, myriad, quivet cellars, 12c, scarlett and now, ancillary cellars.

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 yields were below normal for most pinot noir vineyards in sonoma due to early bud break break and late rains, and our section of the sangiacomo roberts road vineyard was no different. but what was lacking in quantity was made up in quality, as the wine exudes richness, depth and concentration. vibrant and crimson hues combine with a voluptuous bouquet of red and dark fruits and nuances of spring flowers. additionally mulled baking spice and sappy red fruit intermingle with dried rose petals and savory soil notes, flaunting the mineral filled river bed soils for which this vineyard is known. the palate is full bodied with nice density, showcasing an amazing core of pure pinot noir fruit. framed by gripping tannins, this wine will only become more spectacular over the course of 3 – 6 years. 

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