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Patton Valley Pinot Noir

Patton Valley Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: Stylistically, this wine walks the line between 1999 and 2000 in that it has beautiful fruit like 2000, but is a bit more restrained, and excellent acidity and structure, like the 1999, but is a bit more accessible. Now starting to shed some of its initial hardness, the nose shows mocha dusted raspberries with earth and ginger. The attack has softened with velvet cherries and currants. Fine grained, smooth tannins give way to a berry-dominated finish. Approachable now, but additional cellaring will be rewarded up through the end of the decade. 803 cases produced, available.

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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