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Price: $38.00 per bottle

Description: 205 cases produced. The Southeast Block is a six-acre section of the Estate vineyard planted to the Pommard clone in 1979. This block consistently provides exceptional fruit of distinctive character. In this complex wine from a great vintage, damp earth and vibrant forest tones vie with blueberry, peach preserve and white plum aromas on the nose. On the palate it displays an almost resinous intensity of fruit with layers of black cherry, red gooseberry and blackberry swirling among copious but polished tannins. The wine displays an exceptionally long finish. While tempting now for its power and concentration, the wine will integrate more completely with a bit of bottle age and promises to drink well for many years.

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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