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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: Our 1999 Pinot Noir was sourced from five vineyards and harvested throughout late October and the first week of November. This Pinot Noir was carefully vinified to emphasize the delicacy and complexity of the fruit and to ensure good acid balance. The grapes were whole-berry fermented in open top fermenters for an average of twelve days. Careful monitoring of fermentation temperature, combined with twice daily punchdowns, were designed to ensure full color extraction. After pressing off, the wine was racked into French and Oregon oak for 9 months’ of barrel aging. The blended wine was cold-stabilized and received a coarse filtration prior to bottling. The resulting Pinot Noir offers decidedly forward fruit throughout the tasting experience, with intense aromas of cloves and cherries. Luscious flavors of rich, ripe berry fruits fill the mouth, accompanied by nuances of vanilla and light sweet spices. A crisp finish hints of pepper. Pasta dishes, cheese, or chocolate goodies--this wine enhances them all!

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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