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McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir

McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $48.00 per bottle

Description: Our inaugural release of this Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast is a wine of structure, intensity and character. Red berries, wild cherries and minerals come to mind as the wine is poured. It evolves in the glass to yield its softer dark overtones and spice elements. In the mouth, deep cherry and cranberry elements balance the substantial tannins and bright acid, followed by a lingering finish of candied cranberry and black currant. It's a perfect wine for your cellar, as it will evolve gracefully for five to ten years, and is wonderful now with full-flavored meals such as quail with cracked pepper, or a tri tip off Mac's grill. 290 cases produced. 92 points, PinotReport.

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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