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DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from California
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This Pinot Noir is light ruby in color, with aromas of strawberry jam and a touch of mint, almost "Beaujolais" in style. To the taste, Queen Anne cherries, pomegranate, and cranberry are the primary flavors, with a hint of tobacco to round out the palate. The wine is light in body, with a medium finish, and pairs well with lighter entrees, including grilled sea bass or chicken Caesar salad.

Critical Acclaim

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A really nice wine, showing the generosity and sheer sexiness that Pinot Noir can offer. With a silky mouthfeel, it has expansive flavors of raspberry and cherry jam, orange zest, vanilla, cinnamon and sandalwood. One of the best Pinots on the market at this price, and easy to find, with 20,000 cases produced.
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DeLoach Vineyards

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DeLoach Vineyards, California
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DeLoach Vineyards has been a pioneering producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel in

Sonoma’s Russian River Valley since 1975. DeLoach seeks to produce exceptional wines that

spotlight the singular personality of the Russian River Valley, with its rare and bountiful

convergence of the sea, the soil and the stars. The Boisset family of Burgundy has stewarded

winegrowing and winemaking at DeLoach since 2003, bringing the techniques and approaches of

Burgundy to winemaking in the Russian River Valley, which they believed to be California’s most

expressive terroir for cultivating Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Under Boisset, DeLoach has grown

its small-lot vineyard designate wine program, become a certified organic and Biodynamic estate

vineyard, and implemented traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques such as open-top wood

fermentors, native yeast fermentations, and hand punch-downs. Wine & Spirits magazine has named

DeLoach Vineyards a Top 100 Winery twelve times. 

California

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

MNC6925F_2009 Item# 106618