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BARREL SELECT Umpqua Valley Pinot Noir

BARREL SELECT Umpqua Valley Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $33.00 per bottle

Description: Umpqua Valley pinot noir This is our top flight pinot and it is composed of a selection of our best fruit from the vintage. Primarily 114 clone pinot and a bit of pommard, both from the Red Hill Vineyard. From the beginning the 114 showed itself to be a very exceptional lot. As with all of our pinots the grapes are gently destemmed to open top 1 ton fermenters, hand punched down 2 to 3 times daily, gently pressed and barreled the following day. The wines are racked once in the spring following malolactic fermentation and bottled without fining or filtration. The color is a medium dark ruby with purple edges. The aromas are dark ripe cherries with blackberry perfume and a floral bouquet of violets with well integrated sweet caramel oak. The flavors explode with cherry, berry, and tarry butterscotch with clove spiciness. The ripe tannins are well integrated with smooth oak creaminess. The body is medium with a very long finish.

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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