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Stoller Vineyards Pinot Noir

Stoller Vineyards Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $39.00 per bottle

Description: As a tribute to maturing vineyards, recently we keep making "best yet" Stoller Vineyards pinot noir bottlings each year. This is one. Dark red to garnet in hue, this wine is deeply colored, fruited and weighted. There is spicy red and black fruit showing, with lots of raspberry, plum and even blackberry-almost a spiced cobbler or fruit crisp-exhibiting a luxuriant texture and volume. There is a slight hint of alcohol in high aromatics, an underlying fine grit of tannin for aging, darkness and coffee roast wood characters, and a length and breadth that is pleasing to me. Despite its growing pedigree, I appreciate this soft, plush wine for its friendliness and comfort factor-a bit like corduroy.

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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