Clos Pegase has always been known for its great estate-grown and bottled wines. The "Estate" designation means that the wines are made exclusively from grapes grown in their own vineyards and under their control. This requires a significant investment of time and money in vineyard management but results in a higher level of quality that clearly comes through in the final wine.
Clos Pegase owns more than 400 acres of land in the Napa Valley, with 286 planted to grapes. The four vineyard sites are located in three distinct areas, ranging from the base of Mount St. Helena to the San Pablo Bay in Carneros.
Purchased in 1989 as bare pasture, the property's planting began in 1991. With a diverse range of soil types, elevations, and microclimates, different areas were initially selected to specialize in Chardonnay and Merlot. A pilot planting of Pinot Noir proved very successful, and over the years Pinot planting has expanded. Additionally, there are small areas of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec.
Aging: 11 months in 30% new French Oak.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 100% Pinot Noir. The wine displays expressive aromas of bakers spice, cherry, and cola rise from the glass. Smooth texture on the palate working well alongside a crisp red apple skin acidity, provides a perfect balance to the oak notes of toasted crème brûlée plus forest floor and fruit compote. This adds to the mouth-watering finish of the wine, persisting on the palate long after the wine is swallowed. Balanced and complex, this wine evolves in the glass.
A richer pinot with strawberry, cedar, leather, and orange-peel character. Full body, round tannins, and a tangy finish. ~91 James Suckling
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