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Keefer Ranch Pinot noir

Keefer Ranch Pinot noir Wine Details

Description: A deep, dark color is the first striking quality of this wine. The nose is complex and hard to pin down at this young age. Fruit and spice notes are nicely interwoven with no single character dominating. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove are the foil for a bright fruit core of pie cherry and black raspberry. The acidity is excellent, giving the wine a "lightness on its feet" that belies its concentration and structure. The overall palate impression is one balance, from entry, into mid-palate, and through the long extended finish. We expect this wine to begin drinking at its best in the fall of 2004 and to reward further aging of up to 5 years

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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