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Cliff Lede Pinot Noir, Napa Valley

Cliff Lede Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: Supple, smooth and complex, this lush Pinot Noir is an elegant expression of two excellent mature vineyards in Carneros. The aroma weaves together earth, cedar, and minerals with ripe red fruit and dried apricot. The palate explodes with sappy black cherry flavors laced with orange blossom, hay, cola and morels spiced with nutmeg and clove. The texture is silky and rich but not weighty. Balanced now, it will continue to develop in the cellar. The wine retains a natural haze thanks to minimal handling and the absence of filtration. Serve as a beautiful match for roast duck, roast pork with figs and apricots, or poached salmon.

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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