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NORTHERN REACH Umpqua Valley Pinot Noir

NORTHERN REACH Umpqua Valley Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $23.00 per bottle

Description: This is our mid range pinot and possesses excellent structure and very nice fruit. The wine is a blend of wadensvil clone from the Bradley Vineyard in Elkton and pommard clone from the Red Hill Vineyard, the highest elevation site in the Umpqua Valley AVA. We felt that the forward fruit of the Bradley and the structure of the Red Hill blended well together. The wine is a lovely medium ruby color with aromas of ripe dark cherry fruit with a warm smoky oak and sandalwood bouquet. The flavors show dark cherries with raspberry and some ripe plumminess. There is a bit of mint with good acid and somewhat firm tannins. The balance is very good with good structure and length.

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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