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Winemaker's Cuvée - Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Cuvée - Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: Beginning with the 2000 vintage, Winemaker's Cuvée is our only blended Pinot noir. This cuvée is a fusion of Pinot noirs from the Willamette Valley (selected for their richness, complexity and structure) with those from the Umpqua Valley (selected for their ripeness and brightness of fruit). The blend for the 2003 vintage is Melrose Vineyard (24%), Lazy River Vineyard (24%), Shea Vineyard (19%), Temperance Hill Vineyard (16%), Youngberg Hill Vineyard (14%), and Bednarik Vineyard (3%). All of these vineyards except Melrose are located in the Willamette Valley.

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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