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2003 WV Estate Pinot Noir

2003 WV Estate Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: Crush took place 09/27/03. The earliest harvest date in the history of Freja Vineyard. A long hot dry summer did it's magic. Tonnage was back down to 1.9 tons/acre with 1.6 tons per acre for the reserve. Intense color due to very thick skins. We kept the skin contact time to two weeks instead of our usual three weeks o keep the tannins under control. Despite this it has big tannins, lots of bramble fruit and good acid levels for a balanced wine. This will be a long term ager. Average brix was 23, our high elevation saved us from having too high sugar(produces too much alcohol for pinot noir) and the acids held up nicely. Should be a great vintage but will need more bottle age than normal. This will get us very close to our benchmark of making a Volnay style wine. The Reserve out of this vintage will be a monster. Will be released sometime in 2006/2007.

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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