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1999 Pinot Noir

1999 Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: You CAN'T miss this wine. A little fuller and slightly richer than the 1998, it has lots of cherry and earthiness. Very balanced. Personally, I would say this wine is the "middle ground" between a full-bodied 1997 and a lighter 1998. Perfect for everyone. You might want to snatch a few bottles before the Mueller family drinks it all--we adore this wine! It's perfect with gnocchi in a cheese sauce (such as fontina), lamb with garlic mashed potatoes, or salmon in a sweet corn sauce.

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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