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Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black; the pine alluding to the grape variety having tightly clustered, 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. Other regions that have gained a reputation for Pinot noir include the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Carneros, Central Coast and Russian River AVAs (American Viticultural Area) of California, the Walker Bay wine region of South Africa, Tasmania and Yarra Valley in Australia and the Central Otago, Martinborough and Marlborough wine regions of New Zealand. Pinot noir is also a primary variety used in sparkling wine production in Champagne and other wine regions. Recently, the Hudson Valley has begun to grow a reputation for Pinot Noir.
This Pinot Noir was grown in Columbia County, NY. Columbia County is a food lover’s dream, as it plays host to numerous CSA’s, cattle farms, artisanal creameries, orchard, and vineyards. The vineyard is close by the Hudson River. The Hudson is a tidal river, as s it’s water is somewhat brackish, as it rises one foot ever day at high tide, and lowers one foot at low tide. The currents going south as the river ebbs back toward the sea at low tide can be strong. The valley itself was carved from the dirt and rocks by the withdrawal of the Wisconsin ice sheet thousands of years ago during the ice age.
The river provides a unique microclimate, providing coolness in summer, and warmth in the winter. And it provides a wonderful air flow, moving large swaths of air through the vineyard. The warm days and cool nights, and constant breeze, are just the right climate for award winning Pinot noir.
Our Pinot Noir is the last try of the season, and was the last to be pulled. It was crushed in a 100 year old press, by hand, and laid in older French oak for nine months. It is a lovely dark pink, with notes of bright, fresh, ripe red cherries, and has a lovely note of vanilla. Soft and approachable, this wine is delicate and flavorful. The ultimate expression of region and terroir.