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Abbey Ridge Pinot noir

Abbey Ridge Pinot noir Wine Details

Description: With vines approaching 30 years old Abbey Ridge consistently delivers some of the most complex wines from Oregon. Since it is typically ripe late in the harvest season, it shows its best when October weather cooperates (as it did in 2002). Though the '02 Abbey Ridge is already exhibiting its trademark aromas of lavendar, rose petal and rosemary overlaying dark cherry, expect it to continue to improve for several years. We picked only the most stunning barrels for this blend so supplies are limited.

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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