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2001 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2001 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: A stylish blend from highly regarded Russian River and Sonoma Coast vineyards. The Russian River fruit is primarily from the Gold Ridge soil mantle, and the West Sonoma County fruit is from the Cazadero area, close to the Pacific Ocean. The grapes are hand picked and hand sorted, then cold-soaked and fermented in small open-top fermentors. The wine is barrel aged for 11 months in the constant natural temperature and humidity of Rutz Cellars' caves. Aromas of strawberry and Bing cherry, spiced cherry flavors, and a long finish with moderate 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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