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Pinot Noir, Estate Bottled

Pinot Noir, Estate Bottled Wine Details
Price: $29.99 per bottle

Description: We have occasionally used some of our pinot noir grapes to make a still red wine. Early experiments (in '91, '93, and '95) had mixed reviews, though generally quite good. We weren't satisfied though and came back again to try in 1997 and 1998. These two vintages are clearly the best yet — and we made a reasonable quantity too, not just a 60-70 case test. The 1997 had clear pinot noir character, with rich red cherry aromas and flavors. And the just-released 1998 is similar, only a little richer.

Varietal Definition
Pinot Noir:
The name is derived from the French words for ‘pine’ and ‘black’ alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. By volume most Pinot Noir in America is grown in California with Oregon coming in second. Other regions are Washington State and New York.During 2004 and the beginning of 2005, Pinot Noir became considerably more popular amongst consumers in the United States, possibly because of the movie Sideways. Being lighter in style, it has benefited from a trend toward more restrained, less alcoholic wines. It is the delicate, subtle, complex and elegant nature of this wine that encourages growers and winemakers to cultivate this difficult grape. Robert Parker has described Pinot Noir: "When it's great, Pinot Noir produces the most complex, hedonistic, and remarkably thrilling red wine in the world."


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