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Rastaban Pinot Noir

Rastaban Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $50.00 per bottle

Description: A brilliant and deep purple color reveals right away that this dense Pinot is one of Mother Nature’s works of art. Although young and tight, the nose reveals aromas of new sweet oak, graphite, blueberries, earth, black raspberry, spice and blue plums. The wine coats the palate with a luscious fruit that is buttressed by ripe and full tannins. It finishes with great length and some rusticity. The 2003 Rastaban is an age-worthy wine and its exceptional depth, power and finesse needs at least short-term cellaring to allow its pieces to harmonize. Only 150 cases were produced.

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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