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Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: This Pinot Noir is a blend from three vineyards on the Chehalem Ridge in the North end of the Willamette Valley: Hawk's View Vineyard, Aubre Vert Vineyard, and Nickolas Vineyard. We produced 997 case and it was bottled in August of 2005. 2004 produced wines that were much lighter in style than recent vintages, due mainly to the wet spring reducing the amount of grapes that set on the vine a nice summer but a cooler than average fall that threatened to rain almost every day during harvest. Our 2004 Pinot Noir is unfined and unfiltered. It has a nice blend of black and red cherries and currant on the palatte, with a earthy, spicy finish that is soft yet lingers. We had it with bbq-ed ribs and chicken and a green salad with fresh walnuts and dried cranberries.

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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