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Lanoraie, Québec – October 25, 2018 – Vignoble CARONE Wines (CARONE), premium estate winery located in the Lanaudière region of Québec, announced today the release of APEX Pinot Noir wine made in a natural wine style, returning to the winemaking roots of its founder Pietro Carone.

Made from 100% estate grown pinot noir, winemaker, Anthony Carone paid homage to the raw, artisan wines that his father, Pietro, used to make. “I believe wine, and especially Quebec wine, has become overly complicated, which in some cases, no longer reflects the heart and soul of a particular region – terroir. My goal with APEX was to return to the simplicity of our family’s traditional methods – crush grapes, ferment, transfer with gravity, and wait. APEX is a throw back to this natural winemaking style before the industrialization of vineyards and winemaking,” said Anthony Carone, Owner and Winemaker of CARONE.
Mr. Carone continued: “We do not have an organic certification but nothing was added to the APEX vineyard parcel and only non-chemical vineyard management techniques were used throughout the growing season. APEX is a wine that is entirely expressive of pinot noir grown in our region – Lanaudière.”
CARONE was the first commercial grower of pinot noir grapes in Québec and currently offers its pinot noir under three wine brands – APEX, VERITÀ and VENICE. The winery has been transitioning from hybrid grape varieties to vitis-vinifera varieties since it first garnered international success with its Cabernet wine in 2004. By focusing on high quality grape varieties, CARONE crafts intensely flavoured, medium bodied red wines that are expressive of its winemaker and its terroir that are enjoyed by clients in five continents.
The twelve disciples is what winemaker Anthony Carone calls the twelve clones of pinot noir that he hand harvested to ensure the optimal blend of the ripest fruit. Each clone brings forward its personality, building up to create the apex of a Quebec pinot noir. Tradition continues to the cellar practices using indigenous (wild) yeasts fermented on skins, 70% stems, for 12 days with manual punch downs throughout, a minimum of 4-6 times a day. No enzymes, gravity filtration – nothing added, nothing removed – total SO2 is 22 mg/L. Aged exclusively in stainless steel tanks. Alc./vol. is 12.5%. The results – APEX Pinot Noir 2017 starts with sweet cherry blossom and blackberry then broaden along the palate to include tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, and subtly black tea undertones. The fresh acidity supports the velvety tannins in balance. For more information:
The first vintage, 2017, consists of a release of less than 800 bottles (750 mL) at $22 per bottle. This extremely limited production is available exclusively at fine grocers and online at

Tastings of APEX Pinot Noir will be held in Montreal and Quebec:

Friday, October 26, 2018 from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Le Vinologue
4301 Ontario Est
Montreal, Quebec H1V 1K5
Saturday, October 27, 2018 from Noon to 4:00 PM
Marché Des Saveurs Du Québec
(Jean-Talon Market)
280 Place du Marché-du-Nord
Montreal, Quebec H2S 1A1
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