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2001 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2001 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: Our "entry level" pinot for 2001 is a combination of purchased and estate grown fruit from Bella Vida (37%), Murto (26%), Maresh (22%), and our Belle Pente Estate vineyard (15%). With most of the blend coming from vineyards in the Red Hills of Dundee, it displays many of the characteristics typical of the area: bright red fruit with a clean, fresh earthiness. This wine is light in color, but packs good intensity on it's wiry frame. It is perhaps the most "Burgundian" of our recent pinot noir offerings, and is ready for enjoyment over the next year or two.

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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