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A producer of a single Pinot Noir from Paladini Vineyard in Napa Carneros. Proprietor and winemaker Robert Schermeister developed a passion for wine while in Italy. He was mentored by Mark Aubert. The inaugural release from the Paladini Vineyard was the 2012 vintage.
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2012 Schermeister Cellars Paladini Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.60, 120 cases, $47. Inaugural release from winemaker Robert Schermeister who previously worked as an assistant to Mark Aubert. Clones 115 and 777. 100%n de-stemmed. Native fermentation, extended maceration after primary fermentation (28 days on skins), light press, aged 15 months in 20% new, 40% 1-year-old, and 40% neutral French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate ruby red color in the glass. A refined offering that has intrigue. Aromas of cherry, wooded forest, baby’s breath and mint. Delicious mid to full bodied core of dark cherry fruit with enticing hints of tea, oak, spice, earth and mushroom. Admirable harmony with good brightness, balanced tannins and a juicy finish. Holds up nicely over time in the glass. Score: 92. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »