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Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa

Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Wine Details
Price: $38.00 per bottle

Description: Ideally situated in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, Rancho Santa Rosa is planted to 118 acres of Pinot Noir. Farmed in the spirit of the Cote d'Or, the Pinot Noir acreage is broken into thirty-one unique micro-blocks. Embracing the diversity of Foley's estate vineyard the 2004 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa, was aged approximately 14 months in French oak casks. Notes of blueberry jam, pomegranate, blackberry, cherry cola, vanilla and earth exude from the glass. Moderate in tannin, the body is elegant, broad yet dense in the mouth, with a long, lingering finishing.

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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