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Napa "Dijon Clones" Pinot Noir

Napa "Dijon Clones" Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: The 2004 August Briggs Napa Valley "Dijon Clones" Pinot Noir is our seventh vintage of this pinot noir since forming the company in 1995. This wine comes from the Green Island Road Vineyard, which is planted at the bay's edge in the very south end of the Napa Valley on the eastern border of Carneros (very cool & breezy). Black berry & cherry fruit aromas combined with sweet vanilla, finishing with a full mouth and lasting flavor. With it's defined structure this wine will age well through the end of the decade.

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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