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"Pinot Envy"

"Pinot Envy" Wine Details
Price: $17.00 per bottle

Description: “Pinot Envy” is a blend of Pinot Noir and Merlot. With Pinot Noir a notoriously difficult grape, especially in our cool, maritime climate, and Long Island Merlot often emulating Pinot Noir characteristics, we thought a wine blended from the two would be different and delicious. Full of toasty, smoky, red cherry fruit and possessing a lovely mouth feel this is a lightly styled, medium bodied, fun and very versatile red wine. We mean it when we say that this wine is lightly styled; it is light in color, light on tannins, super soft, charming and very easy to drink. This is the perfect red wine for fish. We unveiled this wine at a beautiful farm dinner at the Quayle hill farm with local grilled wild striped bass and chicken, and the wine made quite a splash. All the fruit was hand harvested, de-stemmed, lightly crushed by foot and raised for seven months in older French oak barrels. The merlot is from our estate in Bridgehampton, the Mudd vineyard and Sam McCullough’s vineyard on the North Fork. This is a new way to enjoy Pinot Noir, don’t miss out and become envious. Cheers!

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."
Merlot is known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal. Although it came to France in the first century, it was not named until the 1880s. Merlot was originally used only for blending, as it is soft and compliant, very useful in softening other Bordeaux wines like Cabernets. Recently in California and Chile it became popular as a 100% varietal wine. Merlot tends to be easier to grow in a variety of soil conditions and is harvested earlier in the year than Cabernet. Although most Merlots are made to be drunk earlier, there are many with complexities of a Cabernet. Flavors of plum, black cherry, violet, chocolate and orange pair well with rich, red pasta dishes, hearty chicken dishes, and any beef combination that you fancy. The perfect match of course is chocolate. Not only does the chocolate compliment the wine and vice-versa, but the essence of both flavors linger eternally.


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