Karo-Kann Pinot Noir 2016 | 97 Points of Immediate Pleasure
So, today is a good day for lovers of Los Carneros Napa Pinot Noir. The Karo-Kann Pinot Noir 2016 from the cool-climes of Los Carneros is a win-win. The 2016 is elegant above all else. While marrying tantalizing red cherry, raspberry, and black tea notes. Plus with candied cherry and clove on the palate. And this crimson stunner comes in at just $14.99 per bottle on cases–or ⅓ the standard retail price of Carneros Pinot Noirs. Hence, Karo-Kann makes its neighbors from the swanky Hyde Vineyard (which retail from $65 onward) look bad.
Karo-Kann Pinot Noir 2016 presents deep ruby to the rim. While, the nose explodes with tantalizing red cherry, raspberry, and black tea notes, hinting at clove. Incredibly round and silky on entry, inundating the palate with mouthwatering candied cherry and raspberry compote. And tinged with vanilla, smoke, and cocoa nib notes. Soft, plush tea-tannin and notes of bramble and spice linger on a colorful finish. Finally, balanced by the juicy acidity of cool-climate Carneros.
Karo-Kann | Checkmate
The name Karo-Kann is a tribute to the world-famous chess maneuver pioneered by Bobby Fischer. The strategy—like most of chess—centers around making the perfect move for the long game. And Karo-Kann wines are the result of decades of strategy. The Karo-Kann Pinot Noir 2016 emerged when that strategy struck gold. First winning incredible placements at Michelin-star restaurants. But today’s bottles couldn’t be snapped up by restauranteurs. So the 2016 vintage was so abundant, the team behind Karo-Kann simply had too much of a good thing.
We employ the long-game strategy too. We snapped up this incredible, strawberry-scented value Pinot Noir just for our insiders who understand the value of Carneros Pinot Noir. Napa’s coolest subzone, it’s the renowned home of vineyards like Hyde, where luminary Pinot Noirs like those from Patz & Hall ($65) and Paul Hobbs ($80) are crafted with the utmost care in a perfect, coastal microclimate.
San Pablo Bay Single Vineyard
Not far from the San Pablo Bay, the vineyard source for the Karo-Kann Pinot Noir 2016 is owned by a single family. Their attention to detail and knowledge of terroir is second to none in Carneros.