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Gris de Pinot, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Gris de Pinot, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $15.00 per bottle

Description: We have discovered the old world process used to make a rosé or vin gris wine. The saignée" (French expression meaning 'bleed') technique was used and it began with a three-hour extraction of Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir fruit. The pink juice was rapidly separated and fermented in French Oak cooperage. The wine was not cold stabilized; therefore expect harmless tartrate crystals to form at the bottom of the bottle after prolonged refrigeration (1 week or more).

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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