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Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: This wine has had a bit of time to age, and along with flavors of black cherry and raspberry there is a dusty cola/mocha component from the oak. It is involved and complex, with earth and truffle secondary flavors and aromas. The real story of our 2004 Dundee Hills is the texture and structure; the excellent balance of sugar, acid, and tannins in the grapes is reflected in the wine. Here is what our Pinot Noir is all about – tightly structured, with the fruit and acid for long-term aging, yet the tannins are soft, smooth, and polished. Properly cellared, this is a wine that should easily last up to eight years and could continue to age and develop for twelve years or more.

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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