Pinot Noir from the Carneros region ranks among the finest in California. We know. Saintsbury has been making it, growing it, and experimenting with Carneros Pinot for more than 25 years. What they've discovered is that if they let the character of Carneros guide their Pinot winemaking effort, there still remains plenty of room for their own particular style to compliment and augment what Mother Nature so generously gives them.
It's with Saintsbury's Carneros bottling of Pinot Noir where their experience, house style, and the essence of their appellation shows most clearly. They work with more than a dozen vineyards located throughout Carneros but with a heavier emphasis on the Napa Valley side of the AVA. Their reverence for the appellation is most obvious by the gentle handling the grapes and wine receive from vineyard to bottle. Gentleness and restraint are critical to making high caliber Pinot Noir that maintains the mark of the vineyard, rather than simply the mark of the producer.