Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Leading with intense aromas of raspberry, plum and red cherry,
the 2008 Le Moulin Rouge follows with hints of Earl Grey tea.
Opening further, the bouquet reveals additional aromas such as
strawberry, Grillottes cherry with clove and cinnamon in the
background. Intense in the mouth, the wine blends richness and
delicacy as the flavors stretch to a long fruit-filled finish. This
beautiful wine drinks well young yet will age for a decade.
"Bright ruby-red. Explosively perfumed scents of black raspberry, potpourri, patchouli and Asian spices, with slow-building smokiness. Deeply pitched red and dark fruit flavors are seriously concentrated but surprisingly energetic, with strong minerality providing back-end lift and cut. The floral quality repeats on the broad, sweet, very long finish."
International Wine Cellar
"Before their Sonoma Coast vineyards came into production, Peter Michael was purchasing fruit from the famed Pisoni Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands and making a delicious Pinot Noir called Le Moulin Rouge. The 2008 Pinot Noir Le Moulin Rouge Pisoni Vineyard exhibits a dark ruby hue along with notes of black currants, raspberries and forest floor. This medium-bodied, rich 2008 is best consumed over the next 5-6 years."
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...
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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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