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Three Hills Cuvee

Three Hills Cuvee Wine Details
Price: $40.00 per bottle

Description: Good weather conditions, and even more importantly, superb vineyard locations provide the potential for world-class grapes. Add a proven winemaking style and experience and you have wines with elegance, complexity, texture, and structure. This wine has all these hallmarks. A blend of our "Terroir Series" — Lange Estate, the Yamhill Vineyards, and the Freedom Hill Vineyards — this wine is a combination of the most distinctive and proven wine regions in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Like all of our Pinot Noirs, these grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted, fermented in 1.5 ton vessels and then punched down by hand daily. This process helps to keep a high skin-to-juice ratio, thus giving our wines rich and even extraction of flavors and color. In French oak for eighteen months, this wonderfully complex and elegant wine showcases the best Oregon has to offer for Pinot Noir in 2004: dark and lush blackberry fruits, bright Indian spices and chocolate, all supported by a firm but approachable acid and tannin backbone. This 2004 is drinking very nicely upon release but also has the required structure and balance for cellaring up to a decade or more. Enjoy this brand new release!

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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