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Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County Wine Details
Price: $22.00 per bottle

Description: The 2004 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, marries fruit from both the Santa Maria Valley (Solomon Hills Vineyard) and from the Santa Rita Hills (Rancho Santa Rosa). A beautifully layered cuvee, each component was vinified separate from one another and blended together following 14 months of barrel aging in French oak casks. Crimson in color, aromas of cranberry, raspberry, wild cherry, and blueberry mingle with notes of baking spices, vanilla, cola and earth in the bouquet. Richly textured in the mouth the wine is soft, broad and elegant.

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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