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Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Bay Laurel Vineyard

Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Bay Laurel Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: The tiny Bay Laurel Vineyard located close to the 'Summit Store' was the source of this fruit. It is a heat deprived location resulting in a viticultural challenge to provide mature grapes. The yields are also small but this results in intense fruit flavors. Consistent with our winemaking style, a non-intervention approach was used before, during and after fermentation. For example, the wine was barreled with lees that were stirred in the early months after fermentation was complete and then nothing else was done. It was bottled unfiltered and allowed to rest for many months undisturbed. Sediment will probably develop in the future but it will not detract from the wine's traditional style - cherry and floral aromas with hints of strawberry. The acid level, including pH is ideal, and will allow the many layers that are present to further evolve.

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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