Carpe Diem

Owner(s) Maison Marques & Domaines
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Owners Maisons Marques & Domaines is a US importer and marketer of Champagnes, wines and ports. Carpe Diem Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are based on a Burgundian winemaking style with fruit sourced from Firepeak Vineyard located in the Edna Valley of California's Central Coast. The winemaker is Christian Roguenant, a native of Burgundy who came to California's Central Coast in 1986 and worked for Maison Deutz. A Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from Napa Valley fruit under the direction of Christian Moueix's winemaking team. A Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley was introduced in the 2010 vintage, crafted by Roederer Estate winemaker Arnaud Weyrich

Reviewed Wines

2012 Carpe Diem Cellars Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $32. Crafted by Roederer Estate‚Äôs winemaker, Arnaud Weyrich. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is dominated by toasty, smoky oak with little fruit evident. Better on the palate with a flavorful core of berry and plum fruit with oakdriven notes of tobacco leaf and smoke in the background. Creamy on the palate with balanced tannins and a short finish. Unchanged the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. The heavy oak overlay is too much for my taste. Score: 86. Reviewed December 10, 2014 ARTICLE »

2004 Carpe Diem Firepeak Vineyard Edna Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $20. This won won a 4-Star Gold Medal at the 2006 Orange County Fair Wine Competition. the Firepeak Vineyard was planted to seven Dijon Clones and Pommard clone in 1995. The winemaker is Frenchman Christian Roguenant. · An oak-themed Pinot Noir from start to finish. It is crafted in a lighter, softer style that is attractive but I wanted more fruit flavor and less oak. Reviewed September 5, 2006

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