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Price: $60.00 per bottle

Description: 2003 A&G Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir expresses not only Gary’s style of winemaking, but the spicy black fruit character and minerality that is true to the Dundee Hills. Deep garnet in color, it is very substantial on the palate and exhibits a cardomom and cinnamon flavor derived from the use of whole clusters. Its flavors of blackberry, cherry, chocolate and earth meld into a long and persitant finish. The 2003 A&G Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is an elegant and complex wine that will age nicely for seven to nine years.

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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