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Pinot Noir Burning Creek, Santa Rita Hills

Pinot Noir Burning Creek, Santa Rita Hills Wine Details
Price: $26.50 per bottle

Description: Second release of our limited production individual vineyard also located in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills. Our top award winning wine from 2001 is followed in consistency with this 2002. Deep rich color brings brilliance to this unique Pinot. The vineyard is very small and produces only 200 cases of our wine exclusively. This wine is young but not too much to drink it in winter by the fireplace. While it possesses the intensity of the last vintage it is also young enough to cellar for a few years and add to it’s excellence. The wine sits pleasantly on your pallet with definite extraction. Balance and smoothness give a long lingering finish. Some formidable tannins holds it in check, but it is not overpowered and compliments the wine’s complexity. This goes incredibly well with Duck with Raspberry Pinot Noir reduced sauce, or succulent New Zealand Lamb and Rosemary glaze or a perfect filet from your favorite butcher. Many have enjoyed sipping on this wine all by itself!!

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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