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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: I have worked with the Rio San Lucas Vineyard for several years now. During my previous tenure at David Bruce Winery, I found myself lamenting the loss of this fruit into larger blends. I just had to rescue this unique individual from the crowd. RSL sits on the banks of the Salinas River, in a cool valley southeast of Monterey. Colleagues and I have always been able to pick out a unique RSL, earthy spice whenever making wines from this site. While I see these flavors in all the grapes harvested from RSL, the site character aligns with Pinot most harmoniously. This is a varietal classic. Dark cherry, spice, earth and exquisite balance.

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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