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Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir

Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $48.00 per bottle

Description: The extremely small 2003 vintage produced wines of particular density which truly show the vineyard and appellation character. At Devil’s that would be the exotic wild berry fruit and touch of leather that we feel is the hallmark of Marin County Pinot. Crystalline wild blackberry and spice lead the aromas, while a touch of mushroom, sweet caramel and nutmeg/ginger provide the backdrop. In the mouth it is similarly packed, showing saturated dark fruit and Asian spices that carry through to the finish. The 2003 has a particular plushness on the palate that we think distinguishes this vintage. While lush and ripe, its moderate alcohol provides a wine of balance, brightness and exceptional food compatibility. Try it with some rabbit or lamb from Devil’s Gulch, grilled tuna or risotto with sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms.

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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