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Knudsen Vineyard Brut

Knudsen Vineyard Brut Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: The dominance of old vine Pinot Noir base in this wine is very apparent. Thus, Blanc de Noirs fans will love this 1997 Knudsen Vineyards Brut. The aromas are a very complex mixture of ripe fruit and spice. Look for guava blossom and bergamot at the beginning. Then aromas travel toward pear tart and plum sauce! The flavor is both gripping rockiness and creamy in texture. Fresh baked pastry, plum and pear predominate. Then a very long Pinot Noir centric citrus and applesauce kick in on the finish. This is a sparkling wine for those looking for big flavor. Match this big fellow up with anything you would enjoy with red wine, Pinot Noir, or enjoy with fresh strawberries!

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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