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Goosepen Block Pinot Noir

Goosepen Block Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: This is the second year of our producing a single-block bottling from this section of our vineyard. Goosepen Block, named for an (unsuccessful) experiment using geese to weed between the vines back in the 1970’s when this block was planted to White Riesling, was replanted with Pinot Noir in 1998. The 2005 Goosepen Block Pinot Noir is showing beautifully already – youthful power and color, spice, black cherry, earthiness, and minerality, a plush, broad texture, and a long, supple finish.

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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