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Dennison Vineyard Pinot Noir

Dennison Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: As with all our vineyards, the worst frost in thirty years took its share of our fruit. Production was down nearly 40%, but the fruit quality was very high. In our opinion, the 35+ year old vines of the Dennison vineyard yet again, proved to make some intriguing wine. (120 cases produced) The wine maintains the earthy, fresh mushroom quality we find appealing in this vineyard Subtle tea, cola and light toast add to the cherry and rhubarb flavors. The wine this vineyard produces is consistently very pure in its fruit profile and balanced well with its natural acidity.

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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