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Le Sud Yamhill County Pinot Noir

Le Sud Yamhill County Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: “le sud” is the lower block of our vineyard, it is southwest facing and is lower in elevation by about 100 feet than the main vineyard. The slight difference in location provides earlier ripening and some different characteristics in the wine. We feel that the combination of the age of the vines and our low-yield vineyard practices provides this intense fruit with such complexity that it holds up extremely well to 100% new French Oak. The barrels that are chosen support the velvety smooth and complex fruit we desire in this Pinot Noir. We recommend cellaring this wine for three to eight years and possibly more as it will age gracefully in your cellar.

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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