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2002 Patton Valley Pinot Noir Lorna-Marie Cuveé

2002 Patton Valley Pinot Noir Lorna-Marie Cuveé Wine Details

Description: The 2002 Patton Valley Pinot Noir Lorna-Marie Cuveé is a limited-production, reserve-level Pinot Noir. Four barrels comprise the 2002 Lorna-Marie, with fruit from three separate blocks in our vineyard. Tasting: Deep garnet colored with a lively rim, pomegranate, red currants, flowers and spicy oak dominate the nose while a plush, medium bodied, well structured mouth-feel is full of finesse. The fine grained tannins carry the red fruits to a soft finish that goes on and on and on. Beautiful now, but will improve with cellaring, should last well into the next decade.

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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