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Longplay Pinot Noir - "Lia's Vineyard"

Longplay Pinot Noir - "Lia's Vineyard" Wine Details

Description: The 2008 vintage was marked by a late start and a late finish. A compressed growing season contributed to smaller cluster sizes and yields that would obliterate any reasonable business plan. Fortunately for you (but not so much for us), we've never really been fond of business plans - we just do our best to grow great wine. This bottling again highlights the bright fruit of our Dijon 115 clone (55 percent), with some Wädenswil (20 percent), Pommard (15 percent) and Mariafeld (10 percent) adding a bit of complexity to the wine. The ripe fruit gives a hint of bramble and blackberry in addition to our site's characteristic bright pie cherry flavors. Despite the deep color, the wine is quite delicate, yet it has a playful edginess that we appreciate. The fruit was harvested on October 15 and 27, 2008, with an average brix at harvest of 24.1. After fermentation, the wine was aged in small oak barrels for 10 months before bottling on September 23, 2009.

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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