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Patton Valley Pinot Noir

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

Description: The 2002 growing season was ideal, or borrowing from Hollywood, it was as good as it gets. Mild spring weather, a good but not overly heavy fruit set, combined with very warm and dry conditions well through harvest produced the best vintage out of a stellar 5-year run from 1998. Our 2002 Pinot Noir mirrors that trend, being the most supple and complex Patton Valley Pinot to date. Here are Monte and Todd's tasting notes, "Rose petals, earth, soy sauce and red berries dominate the nose, with an underlying current of asian spice. In the mouth, it opens with an understated attack, the fruit bursting forth after a second or two. Fantastic, silky, lace-like tannins then share the stage with cherries and plums. The finish is very fine and persistent. Drink from 2004 to 2009." Only 630 cases 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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