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Green Truck Cellars Pinot Noir Napa Valley

Green Truck Cellars Pinot Noir Napa Valley Wine Details

Description: This wine is my brightest, prettiest, and best wine yet. Still “juicy,” (a common descriptor of the Green Truck style), there is less earth in this vintage, and more intensity at the higher end of the spectrum: red fruits and floral characteristics. The tannins are particularly in balance on this wine, supporting the overall structure, but not burdensome on the palate. The Hungarian oak, from the Budapesti Kadar cooperage, contributes to the creaminess of the mouthfeel, and adds its signature Christmas spice to the nose and mid-pallet. Although delicate, this strong backbone of this wine certainly makes it eligible for an additional four to six years of aging from the vintage date.

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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