Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir. With Whole Cluster Pinot Noir, the stems are not removed and the entire cluster of grapes is placed right into a stainless steel fermentation tank – which takes thousands of clusters to fill. Yeast is added, and the tank is sealed and flooded with carbon dioxide. Within several weeks, the juice inside each grape has turned into wine. The juice is then captured from the bursting berries, filtered to remove impurities, and results in a fruity wine with low tannins. The entire process (from the vine to the bottle), takes just three months. This lighter and fruitier Pinot Noir is meant to be consumed within 1 to 2 years. Typical characteristics of Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir include vibrant cherry and raspberry fruits highlighted by tobacco. The mouthfeel is juicy, soft and well rounded with super fresh acidity.
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