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Patton Valley Pinot Noir

Patton Valley Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: Another Silky Treasure Patton Valley Pinot's are made to show the supple character and silky texture of the variety. The challenge in 2003 was to avoid the over extraction and tannin imbalances seen in some Oregon wines from this very hot and dry growing season. Thankfully, our Laurelwood soils helped us beat the heat and allowed us to make an elegant and luscious wine, our most complex Patton Valley to date.On the nose, black cherries, raspberries, and dark chocolate with a touch of “Patton Valley” spice. In the mouth, the soft feel of rose petals, dark fruits and truffles. There is a persistent and well framed texture of ripe fruit and restrained oak. More forward fruitiness than the 2001 with more structure than the very opulent 2002. The finish echoes the lush, red fruits with impressive length and a soft reminder of its sense of place. Drinking surprising well now, this wine has the guts to develop into 2010 and beyond. $30, 1270 cases produced.

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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