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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $34.00 per bottle

Description: A blend of older vines (20+ years) from the Elton and Durant Vineyards, our 2004 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir marries the best aspects of the Eola and Dundee Hills respectively. With less than 1.5 tons per acre in both volcanic-soiled vineyard sites, this wine showcases what the iron rich soils of the Northern Willamette Valley can produce in great years! Ripe and dark raspberry and marionberry aromas explode from the glass with hints of violets and an incense-like palate of spicy oak tones including cinnamon, clove and vanilla. The pallet is generous and ample with a sweet attack of lush black cherry liqueur, coffee and tobacco with smoky fine-grained tannins lending to the long and impressive finish. This wine was aged in 30% new French Oak (Francois Freres and Tonnellerie Mercurey Coopers) and 70% one-year old French Oak barrels (Francois Freres and Rousseau Coopers) for 12 months before bottling with a light and gentle polishing filtration.

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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