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Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir

Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: We lost a good percentage of this crop to frost, which ultimately changed our blend for our 2001 Cerise. The Martini clone, which contributed a firm backbone to our 2000, was severely frosted and plays a less dominant role. Fortunately our blocks of 777 and 667 clones came into production to add the overall blend. The Dijon clones from this vineyard appear to flesh out and provide another layer of complexity the martini alone could not. The wine still has the firmness this hillside vineyard exhibits and appears to have more layers earlier than the 2000. (115 cases produced) Bing Cherry, talc, spice and light toast on the nose. The flavors mirror the nose and pick up a mineral and beet root quality. The tannins are firm but supple with good red fruits that are accentuated by the bright acidity. nish with plush dusty tannins.

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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