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Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: A good deep ruby red color leads to vibrant aromas of bright cherry, cola and raspberry with darker notes of licorice and smoke. Fresh red fruits dominate the entry and evolve into black cherry and blackcurrant on a broad, layered mid-palate. Tannins are ripe and integrated with fresh acidity, which persists on the lingering finish. Our 2003 Russian River Pinot can be enjoyed immediately for its vibrant, satisfying fruit or aged for an additional three years to allow Pinot’s natural fruit sweetness and earthy character to evolve.

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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