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Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir Pinot Noir. Merlot Languedoc-Roussillon Vin de Pays d'Oc 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2008 Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir was sourced from the Languedoc Roussillon region in Southern France.   The 2008 Pinot Noir grapes were crushed and destemmed, and then fermented in upright stainless steel tanks and rotary fermenters at moderate to warm temperatures (22‐28° C or 72‐82° F).   About 20% of the wine underwent whole cluster fermentation.  After primary fermentation was complete, the wine went through malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and help balance out the tannins.  Around 6% of the wine was aged for two months in heavy toasted French oak, which imparted soft, generous cinnamon flavors to the wine. The components were then blended, filtered, and cold‐ stabilized for bottling.

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Red Bicyclette:
Appellation is a French word for "place" and refers specifically to the location where a particular wine's grapes are grown. Red Bicyclette Merlot grapes, for example, hail from Herault and Gard located in the Languedoc Region of Southern France, a verdant area of rolling hills and wildflowers bordering the Mediterranean Sea. In French, terroir links the taste of wine with the place where th... Read more
Appellation is a French word for "place" and refers specifically to the location where a particular wine's grapes are grown. Red Bicyclette Merlot grapes, for example, hail from Herault and Gard located in the Languedoc Region of Southern France, a verdant area of rolling hills and wildflowers bordering the Mediterranean Sea. In French, terroir links the taste of wine with the place where the grapes are grown. Therefore, no other wine in the world will taste the same as a wine whose grapes are grown in French countryside soil. And, no other wine tastes quite like Red Bicyclette from France - taste for yourself… Read less

Member Reviews for Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir Pinot Noir. Merlot Languedoc-Roussillon Vin de Pays d'Oc

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Snooth User: Steve963
22405956
4.00 5
07/25/2011

This is very interesting. 2008 was a fraud - and terrible wine. Now we have 2009 which is a huge bargain! Hmmm. And now it is impossible to find! Good reputations are hard to build and easier to lose. The 2009 is exactly what you would expect from an "old world" type Pinot Noir. The color is a light Burgundy. The nose is wonderful, fruity but complex. Not over powering. The wine is amazingly full bodied for an "old world" style PN and has a long finish. This is the exact opposite of the 2008!!!!!! Now just try to find some at $9 (what I paid at Safeway)! This was (is?) an excellent bargain and I bought all Safeway could find. Most Pinot Noir under $30 a bottle is average at best and often terrible. Try a few from Willamette Valley (2008), Oregon, to know what a great PN can be.


Snooth User: kendallbrewer
66005725
2.50 5
03/25/2011

I have only tried a few pinot noirs, and I am beginning to think that I do not enjoy this style of red wine. The Red Bicyclette did nothing to sway my opinions of pinots. It is true that this wine had a slight cherry nose, but the back end was an overwhelming taste of bitter tannis and iron. This wine just wasn't for me.


Snooth User: julieimagery
907009410
3.00 5
08/08/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: GrantC
237913185
1.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/10/2010

I'm not a big P.N. fan to begin with, and this bottle did nothing to change my mind. Almost no aroma to this wine. Some slight cherry flavors at the begging, but with an uncomfortable bitterness on the back-end that really put me off. I'm really disappointed.


Snooth User: stiffa
27752727
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/25/2009

Full of cherry flavor. Mild body is easy on the palette. Delicious for the price.


Snooth User: imike
65941126
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/22/2010

Good luck finding it since the scam Several parties in the Languedoc have been formally charged with selling millions of euros of fake Pinot Noir to Ernest


Snooth User: KatG123
3773614
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/07/2010

For the price? This is a terrific pinot noir. Like stiffa said above, it is easy on the palette and has a delicious burst of flavor. I took a bottle to a dinner party the other night and the bottle was gone fairly quickly. A lovely wine you can feel confident will be well received in casual company.


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Our 2008 Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir was sourced from the Languedoc Roussillon region in Southern France.   The 2008 Pinot Noir grapes were crushed and destemmed, and then fermented in upright stainless steel tanks and rotary fermenters at moderate to warm temperatures (22‐28° C or 72‐82° F).   About 20% of the wine underwent whole cluster fermentation.  After primary fermentation was complete, the wine went through malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and help balance out the tannins.  Around 6% of the wine was aged for two months in heavy toasted French oak, which imparted soft, generous cinnamon flavors to the wine. The components were then blended, filtered, and cold‐ stabilized for bottling.

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