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Hawley Pinot Noir

Hawley Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $32.00 per bottle

Description: This Pinot Noir is a rare jewel. Since our own vineyard is a bit too warm to bring out the best in this variety, we buy mountain grown Pinot Noir from a cool, coastal vineyard. We work closely with the grower to control the crop load and maximize the fruit quality. Picked fully ripe, the grapes are cold soaked in small one-ton fermenters prior to fermentation, using the wild yeasts that are naturally present on the fruit. Careful aging in special Burgundy barrels helps add complexity and render a seamless, supple wine with flavors of cherries, plums, oak spice and floral overtones.

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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