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Arley's Leap Pinot noir

Arley's Leap Pinot noir Wine Details

Description: Dear old departed Arley, possibly the only dog on the planet to have a vineyard block named after him, would be wagging his tail over the '02 offering from his vines. This wine offers a highlight of the vintage with wonderful complexity and leanness. It has a smoky exterior due to its secret clonal selection and bright cherry notes on top. But the signature experience is the lingering finish which goes on and on even after the glass has been set down. Because it is drinking extremely well now, it will doubtless appear on wine lists in the few locales where it is available.

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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