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Terra Igneous Pinot Noir

Terra Igneous Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: This Pinot Noir was made in open-topped fermenters, fermented with a slow-starting yeast and kept to temperatures in the low 80s° F to extend skin contact. Only the free run wine used, adding further elegance and length of finish. The wine was finished by aging 11 months in primarily new French oak barrels, many of which were air dried for three years, which gives the wine power and structure without being dominated by oak flavors. Our single vineyard Pinot Noir shows great concentration of fruit flavors, black cherry and strawberry, with some earthy or leather aromas and spice, caramel and smoke acquired by maturation in barrels. Tannins are plentiful but soft, giving fullness to the mouth. Ready to drink upon release, this wine may be aged for another three to five years.

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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