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Papillon Estate Pinot Noir

Papillon Estate Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $22.00 per bottle

Description: Our Papillon pinot noir 2004 is a blend of Dijon clones 113 and 115 from our Cherry Hill estate fruit. This fruit comes from 7 year old vines that are planted on our Nekia soil with southwest facing slopes at 300 feet elevation. We noticed in our frequent barrel tasting of the Dijon clones that our winery dog Daisy would anxiously wait for the leftovers from the wine thief. Since Daisy is a Papillon of French descent with a cultured palate, we decided that we would label this wine Papillon. As evidenced by this soft elegant pinot noir, our Papillon has indeed shown a discerning palate. We now follow the Papillon to the barrel of her choice and will only select that which she seeks. Daisy has just returned from her first wine show in New York where she and her wine made their debut. Both were awarded best of show and their best days lie ahead. Both dog and wine are aging well. Come visit the Papillon at Cherry Hill Winery where she is part of the wine experience at the worlds only viticultural dude ranch. She resides in cabin 4 where she hones her skills and greets our guests. (Note the wine glass on Daisy's forehead.)

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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