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Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains

Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: This wine combines Pinot Noir from our Estate vineyard with that of four small vineyards in our rugged Santa Cruz Mountains. These sites benefit from the cooling influences of the Pacific Ocean extending our growing season, allowing Pinot Noir to achieve mature flavors without becoming overripe. Our Estate vineyard lends structure and a dense core of cherry fruit, while the grapes from Split Rail, Branciforte Creek, Kent Berry, and R Bar R Ranch add complixity. Fifteen months in French Oak has brought harmony to the blend, adding subtle toast, nutmeg, and vanilla to the finish. The interplay of fruit and spice flavors will pair nicely with foods ranging from simple grilled salmon to more exotic dishes, such as roast pork.

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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