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2000 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir

2000 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $38.00 per bottle

Description: From one of the finest growers of pinot noir in the region, Dutton Ranch fruit is the backbone of Rutz Cellars' quality set. 100% Dutton Ranch pinot noir is hand picked, hand sorted, and cold-soaked. It begins fermentation in 500 gallon open-top fermentors and finishes in small French oak barrels from Louis Latour, Claude Gillet and François Freres. Gravity moved to repose in Rutz Cellars' caves, the wine ages in barrel for 11 months. Deep and rich in fruit and mineral flavors. 769 cases produced.

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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