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Don & Sons Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    13.5% ABV

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    When poured, our 2012 Don & Sons Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir displays an inky ruby color in the glass. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes wild strawberry and dried tea leaves, with complicated nuances of Tahitian vanilla and violets. Sweet, supple and graceful in the mouth, the silky texture and lively tart raspberry flavors take shape on the palate. It expands nicely on the finish, leaving behind orange marmalade and notes of toasted cloves. This alluring wine, often seen as the ultimate food wine, is made to pair with a bevy of dishes. Try with vegetable bruschetta, or roast pork loin and morel mushrooms for a heartier meal.

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    For our newest namesake wines, we wanted to create something truly memorable and personal. For over 115 years, our family name has been synonymous with quality winemaking here in Sonoma County. Sonoma is where our family is rooted. It's where we live, where we work, and the only place we will ever call home.

    We couldn't be more proud to carry on our family tradition with wines that evoke the very essence and spirit of this unique and wonderful place. What's more, we couldn’t be more excited to lend our very own name, Don & Sons, to these elegant offerings from this exceptional region.

    A source of reliable, budget-friendly wines and, increasingly, more premium bottlings, Chile is one of South America’s most important wine-producing countries. Long and thin, it is largely isolated geographically, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Andes Mountains to the east, and the Atacama desert to the north. These natural borders gave Chile the very favorable benefit of being the only country to avoid the disastrous phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s. As a result, vines can be planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted. Though viticulture was introduced to the country by conquistadors from Spain, today Chile’s wine production is most influenced by the French, who emigrated here in large numbers to escape the blight of phylloxera. These settlers have invested heavily in local vineyards and wineries.

    Chile’s vineyards, planted mainly with international varieties, vary widely in climate and soil type from north to south. The Coquimbo region in the far north contains the Elqui and Limari Valleys, where minimal rainfall and intense sunlight are offset by chilly breezes from the Humboldt current to produce cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Aconcagua region contains the eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry and home to full-bodied red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot—as well as Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley, which focus on light-bodied Pinot Noir and cool-climate whites like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Central Valley is home to the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó, and Maule Valleys, which produce a wide variety of red and white wines. Maipo in particular is known for Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape. In the up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata, excellent cool-climate Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir are made.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    OPI72706_2012 Item# 129524

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