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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Clos LaChance Santa Cruz Pinot Noir 2002
Clos LaChance Santa Cruz Pinot Noir 2002
(search item no. 84028)

PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2001 vintage was an amazing start to the new millennium. It was somewhat of a bizarre growing season that finished spectacularly. An early spring, followed by lots of heat in May and June established the canopy early. A cool July and August allowed for slow maturing. Harvest was somewhat early, but there was a long growing season from berry set to harvest. Acid levels and pH's were high as a result of the increased hang-time. Many wine industry insiders are commenting that we have not seen a vintage like 2001 since 1997.

Just like the rest of the Clos LaChance wines from the 2001 vintage, this wine has the complexity we like to showcase. Lots of focused cherry and currant fruit are carried by integrated oak flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, spice and graham. Tealeaves, cedar and eucalyptus work their way from the nose to the mouth along with classic earth and raspberry. The medium tannins fill the mouth and continue through the length and lush finish.

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About Clos LaChance:

Clos LaChance is a small, family-owned winery, located in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We produce limited quantities of hand-made wines from local vineyards and other premium appellations throughout Northern California. The name Clos LaChance is derived from the French word "clos" for the fenced area around a vineyard (in this case the owners' home vineyard), and from co-owner Brenda Murphy's maiden name, LaChance.

The Clos LaChance trademark - a hummingbird among the grapevines - is the primary feature on our label. The hummingbird was chosen not only for its grace and style, but also for its strength. The hummingbird is a welcome addition into vineyards for its "energetic" efforts in keeping other birds away.