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Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir

Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: This petite Pinot Noir vineyard is trained on a vertical trellis system with the fruit hanging just 24 inches above the ground. The vines are densely spaced at 2,ooo vines per acre and thinned between two and three pounds of fruit per vine. These practices all insure even ripening and mature fruit character in the wine. The grapes are picked at about 25 degrees brix to ensure ripe fruit flavors. The grapes are hand selected during harvest by Carolyn Martinelli, who walks through the vineyard tasting the grapes and then deciding which rows are ready to pick according to the developed mature flavors in the berries. The wine is fermented with wild yeast in 75% new French oak, and encouraged to fully complete malo-lactic fermentation. The grapes are 100% barrel fermented with wild yeast, are unfined, unfiltered, neither cold nor heat stabilized and contain naturally occurring sediment. We recommend decanting or allowing the bottle to sit upright in a cool place prior to serving. Email Martinelli | (ph) 800.346.1627 | (fx) 707.525.WINE

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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