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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Reserve Wine Details
Price: $27.50 per bottle

Description: Bronze Medal Winner, 2005 Oregon State Fair The fall of 2003 in Oregon was long and warm, allowing the grapes to reach peak levels of ripeness before harvest. Ankeny's 2003 Pinot Noir Reserve is a rich blend of one-half Dijon (clones 114 and 115) and one-half Pommard and Wadenswil clones, each vinted separately. The destemmed grapes (with 40% whole berries) were cold-soaked for four days before being inoculated with BRG yeast. This wine has a soft mouth feel, redolent with dark fruit flavors of cherry and blackberries. It flows smoothly over the tongue and finishes with lingering flavors. Enjoy now or lay it down for another two to three 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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