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Hein Family Vineyard Pinot Noir

Hein Family Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: This is the second of our 2002 pinots to be released and again the vineyard has provided us with a great wine. Heavy clay soils of the Hein vineyard have created a wine with good concentration, depth, with a silky texture and fine grained tannins. The wine has surely benefited from nearly a year in bottle and has helped integrate the tannins, from the 40% whole cluster fermentation, with the pure dark fruits we get from this vineyard. Another year or two in bottle and this wine should be hitting its stride. The wine manages concentrated intense flavors yet keeps a sense of elegance and balance. Black cherry, rhubarb, mace and dusty talc like nuance are prominent in the nose. Lingering flavors mirror the aromatics and are buttressed by firm but supple tannins and balanced acidity. Though approachable now, the wine will surely benefit from some short term cellaring.

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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