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Brancott Terraces Estate Pinot Noir 2002

Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    Winemaker Notes

    Deep garnet red in color, the 2002 Terraces Pinot Noir opens with aromas of dark berry fruit and spice that are highlighted by notes of chocolate and coffee. The palate brings rich forward flavours of black plums and ripe raspberries layered with a toasty oak component lent by the barrel aging. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with fine tannin structure and a long lingering finish.

    This is the first release of this hand-crafted wine which will be made only in the finest vintages. The fruit is sourced from the company's best Pinot Noir blocks including a stunning terraced hillside. This is very much a handmade wine.

    The terraces that give this wine its name are on a small spur adjoining Brancott Estate on the southern end of the generally cool Wairau Valley, a sheltered, warm site that slopes steeply to the east. The slope not only exposes the vine root areas to more heat, but allowed vines to be planted in a north-south orientation to optimize natural sun exposure for fruit on both sides of the vine row. The site was planted in three different clones, on two different rootstocks each - effectively creating six different blending options for the winemaker.

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    Brancott, , New Zealand
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    The Brancott Winery opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest wineries in Marlborough. From producing one of the world's first grape tipping tanks, the winery has stayed true to its pioneering herigate and embraced innovation. It was one of the first to commercially plant Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough in 1973, at the top of New Zealand's South Island and has been heavily instrumental in developing the region as one of the foremost viticultural regions for Sauvignon Blanc world-wide. At present, Brancott Estate continues to lead with its innovative winemaking approach and passionate commitment to excellence under the stewardship of chief winemaker, Patrick Materman.

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    Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, fruity, and powerful wines. With 11 smaller sub-AVAs, there is quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

    This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Rhône varieties both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruity, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

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    Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

    In the Glass

    Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

    Perfect Pairings

    Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

    Sommelier Secret

    Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

    CDI721118_2002 Item# 80186

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