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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: Despite the fact that Calaveras County is known neither for its Burgundian terroir, nor its northern climate, in June 2000, Indian Rock Vineyards planted two acres of Pinot Noir vines along the banks of Coyote Creek. The cool current of air that flows along the creek from higher elevations, and the black adobe clay soil, provide a favorable micro-climate for high quality Pinot Noir. Aged in small French oak barrels (30% new), our 2004 Pinot Noir shows lovely cherry and spicy aromas, and has a powerful and velvety mouthfeel. Only 80 cases of this wine were made. Limit 4 bottles per customer.

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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