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Grove Mill Pinot Noir Marlborough 2009
The grapes for this wine are hand harvested from Grove Mill's vineyards in Marlborough. Fermentation on skins is conducted in closed stainless steel tanks with pump-overs. Pre- and post ferment maceration is practised, as well as partial barrel fermentation to build complexity. This Pinot Noir is of a lighter style with more elegance. It is characterised by dark berry fruits, violets and mocha chocolate. It has attractive tannins, good weight and length with an excellent structure.
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New destination rises in the Andes/ Tart cherry flavors, soft, rich, ripe tannins.
Situated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina’s Mendoza region, the El Portillo (meaning “portal” or “gateway”) winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday enjoyment. Harmony with nature is readily apparent in every aspect of this property, which is designed to deliver wines that capture and respect the pristine beauty of their birthplace. El Portillo’s state-of-the-art winery is largely built of local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley. This enables the facility to better blend in with the surrounding environment. Built on three levels, each 16 feet deep, with much of the facility concealed below ground, El Portillo is also notable for its employment of a gravity-flow system. This minimizes handling of grapes and helps protect the integrity of the fruit. The facility’s ingenious design, which takes careful advantage of the gentle slopes on which it is built, is thought to be unique in South America. Production Area The Pinot Noir grapes were grown in very select plots in our estate vineyard Finca El Portillo, at 1,100 meters above sea level. Alluvial soils lay atop a gravel bed, with good permeability and drainage. Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification Grapes were hand-harvested at the optimum ripening point. After gentle de-stemming and selection, the berries were placed in stainless steel tanks where they underwent a period of cool skin contact, followed by fermentation with select yeasts at 75°F to 79°F for 10 to 15 days. After fermentation, the wine was racked by gravity into stainless steel tanks, avoiding the need to pump. Color Light crimson red Bouquet Cherries, ripe blackberries and a subtle note of spice on the nose Taste Full-bodied and rich, this wine has a well-balanced palate with sweet, soft tannins leading to an elegant finish Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Enjoy with grilled meats, seared tuna steaks and fresh salmon
Behind the Petit Bistro range, which playfully evokes the legendary allure of Gallic romance and joie de vivre, are six compelling wines, a Chardonnay, Rosé, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Syrah. All originate in vineyards nestled between the Mediterranean and the foothills of the Massif Central in the Languedoc region of southern France. Thanks to the emergence of a small but growing cadre of innovative wines such as Petit Bistro, made in an unabashedly modern, New World style, the Languedoc is starting to develop a reputation as the “New Old World” of international winemaking. Production Area From the Languedoc region of southwest France, an area highly conducive to production of fine quality grapes. Thanks to the introduction of progressive, new, more rigorous vineyard management techniques in the past 20 years by innovative growers, the Languedoc is sometimes hailed as “the California of France.” Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification Grapes are machine-harvested before dawn to avoid the potentially harmful effects of the heat of the day. The fruit is immediately transported to the winery, de-stemmed and fermented 6-8 days under controlled temperatures with daily pumping over. A malolactic ensues. The wine is matured a further 6 months in stainless steel vats before bottling and release. Color Ruby red Bouquet Aromas of black cherry, raspberry and blueberry Taste Attractively lively fruit flavors leading to a long finish Alcohol 12.5% Serving Suggestions Serve with cold cuts, sausages, steaks, pork chops, roast chicken or pasta dishes prepared with meat- or tomato-based sauces.
Pinot Noir 2008 - The New York Times/ Flavors of cherries and berries; very sweet.
Pinot Noir 2009 - Top Wine Values of 2011, Snooth/ Minor smoke notes and firm minerality greet the nose backed up with strawberry and cherry fruit and a suggestion of dry wood. Rather medium bodied this offers up a nice blend of cranberry/strawberry/raspberry fruit in a modestly rich, bright style that shows off a hint of wood spice on the palate then gains a modestly richer impression of tobacco leaf and an insinuation of mocha on the moderately long raspberry/strawberry finish. Fairly reminiscent of a nice Bourgogne.
Alta Luna (“High Moon”) Pinot Noir represents the finest selection of Pinot Noir grapes from prime vineyard sites situated in the foothills of Italy’s Dolomite Alps. This region provides the perfect conditions for producing some of the best quality Pinot Noir grapes in the world. Our winemakers have crafted a singular wine that exudes a seductive bouquet and a rich, silky palate. Production Area Grapes are grown in hilly areas located between 300-500 meters above sea level. Pinot Noir has been cultivated in this area for more than a century. The well-drained, richly textured soil is of glacial-alluvial origin. Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification Grapes are harvested by hand and undergo a traditional red fermentation in stainless steel tanks, including maceration on the skins for 6-7 days. The resulting wine is refined in stainless steel then aged in French oak barrels for a brief period, during which malolactic fermentation occurs. This judicious use of oak results in complexity, roundness and softness on the palate. Color Ruby red, with brick red nuances Bouquet Cherry, plum and berry aromas mingle with notes of spice and tobacco. Taste Soft, supple tannins and refreshing acidity are beautifully balanced by ripe cherry fruit flavors on the palate. Dry, harmonious and elegant. Serving Suggestions A delicious match with tuna, salmon, chicken and grilled meats.
/ "Great values from Argentina. The Pinot Noir is excellent!: full bodied, supple, and moderately rich, with fruity flavors (raspberry, plum), with good balance and medium length."