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Hail Mary 05 Estate Pinot noir – 100% free run

Hail Mary 05 Estate Pinot noir – 100% free run Wine Details
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Description: Hail Mary 2004 was the inaugural release of our estate Pinot noir. As some may recall, we’d named it after an August 04 hail storm that had damaged some “outside” clusters, but had spared most others to ripen slowly well into Oct 04. Hail came again in 2005. But this time no damage to the vines as it quickly melted into a long midnight rain. A cool summer followed by a warm, long fall rewarded this medium-bodied red with dense plum color and a full nose of high alpine forest and blackberry notes.

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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