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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir 2010
Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 110612)
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $10.29

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Pinot Noir "Les Oliviers" is less "jammy" than its Californian cousins. It is perhaps more Burgundian and is delicate. It has lovely aromas of violets and shows ripe raspberry characteristics on the palate. The 2010 vintage produced wines of good concentration and yet excellent balance. This is a gorgeous food wine and works well with roast meats, tuna and cheeses.

"Les Oliviers" refers to the olive trees that surround the vineyards that produce our Pinot Noir.

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About Tortoise Creek:

Tortoise Creek wines come from the southern French area known as the Languedoc. For many years, the region was mainly known as a producer of good "vin ordinaire" due to the remarkable weather conditions and vast array of quality growing areas. But, as the average wine-drinking consumer began to look for more then "vin ordinaire", many wine makers in the region reacted and employed modern viticultural and winemaking techniques. Today the region produces many of the most spectacular wine values in Europe.

In Provence, their home was surrounded by vines with a small pond at the edge of the vineyard. On hot sunny days, Mel and Janie would sit beside the pond and picnic, sharing their scraps with the little tortoises swimming around the pond. Soon, the tortoises became known as the Litre family, with the Mum and Dad being Hecto and Millie Litre and the offspring of course, being Centi Litre! Naturally, when embarking upon a new wine project they decided to call it Tortoise Creek. And, it was only fitting to have Hecto, Millie and Centi prominently displayed on the label!