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Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Wine Details
Price: $45.00 per bottle

Description: This wine is a combination of small lots from a vineyard farmed by Ted Klopp in the small town of Sebastopol in western Sonoma County. The block is planted to the Swan clone, a mainstay of Sonoma Pinot Noir vineyards, which produces complex, but rather delicate wines. The 2004 crop was relatively small and was harvested relatively early due to warm, dry spring weather. Our aim was to gently extract all the flavor and color, then carefully develop the complexity of the wine through aging in French oak barrels coopered by Tonnellerie Remond. The wine shows excellent balance and varietal character, with a delicate tannin structure. This wine should develop complexity with three years in the bottle and hold for many years after that.

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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