With an enthusiasm for the red wines of Burgundy and confidence in California’s potential for producing world-class wines, Francis & Kathy Mahoney have realized a dream: growing fine Burgundian Pinot Noir in the Northern California soil and climate.
On a modest budget, a small, functional winery was built in 1972. Francis knew that his best tool was his palate. Calling on his experience in the cellars of Burgundy, the profile of superb Pinot Noir was in his memory, soon to be expressed at Fleur de California Winery.
Veteran Pinot Noir winemaker Ken Foster oversees production at Fleur de California. Foster was Winemaker/Production Manager at David Bruce Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California where he held positions in winemaking and production for 15 years. During that period, he helped to convert the focus of the winery from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel. He has recently helped Fleur de Carneros expand their focus to Petit Sirah from the Central Coast.
This delicious Pinot Noir from Carneros displays a brilliant ruby color that sets the stage for aromas of pomegranate and bright red fruit, with hints of exotic spice. While dominated by effusive fruit flavors, the wine is well-balanced with a mouthful of ripe berries and a harmonious combination of acidity and structure.