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Longplay Pinot Noir - "Jory Bench "

Longplay Pinot Noir - "Jory Bench Reserve" Wine Details

Description: For the 2008 vintage we added a one-acre block of Pommard clone that we felt had potential to make a solid "reserve" quality wine combined with our favorite half acre of Wädenswil and some 115 from the lower blocks. We farmed these blocks differently, with lower yields and added attention. In the barrel room, four barrels really stood out as just showing the potential to develop into a world-class pinot noir. While we aren't big fans of privilege and exclusivity, we decided to bottle these barrels separately as a limited quantity reserve. The result is an earthy wine with hints of tar complementing our characteristic cherry flavors and mouth-watering acidity. The fruit is 25 percent Pommard, 25 percent Wädenswil, 40 percent 115 and 10 percent Mariafeld. Harvest was October 15 and 27, 2008, with an average brix at harvest of 24.1. After fermentation, the wine was aged in small oak barrels for 10 months before bottling on September 23, 2009.

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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