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Sonoma Coast Pinot noir

Sonoma Coast Pinot noir Wine Details

Description: What is distinctive about this vintage is the aromatic intensity and expression of varietal and regional character. It could not possibly be anything but Pinot Noir from a cool coastal climate. The aromas really do leap forth with notes of ripe red and dark fruits such as cherry, strawberry jam, and plum all vying for attention. The oak and fruit are well matched with just enough toast and smoke from the barrels to accent our subtle coastal spice. Flavors are fresh and lingering with just a touch of orange rind in the finish. Crisp acid and very fine tannins contribute structure and depth without heaviness. We feel that this vintage will continue to improve from its release in the spring of 2004 through at least 2007.

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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