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Knez Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
    13.3% ABV
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    13.3% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Lush, ripe dark fruit reveals hints of Damask rose which highlight the intense bouquet. Notes of vanilla interlaced with cedar open the palate to bright acidity balanced with tart cherry and elements of forest floor. Finishes with a prominent rose and woodland essence.

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    Knez Winery

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    Knez Winery, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
    Single vineyard wines crafted by the alchemy of ocean, fog, soil and patience. At Knez Winery, they believe that the deeper and more extensive their knowledge, the better their wine will be. Knez Winery starts with an Anderson Valley location that is epic in its richness - with maritime influences, complex soil, a near perfect amount of sun exposure and heritage clones like Martini, Pommard, David Bruce, Wadenswil and Wente. To this, they add the beauty of science - detailed analytics and painstaking research that help them make the most of the land's bounty. They consider themselves stewards of the land and their farming practices are sustainable and progressive. In their winemaking, they are hands-on in the vineyard and hands-off in the barrel room. Through careful stewardship of their land and attention to detail in every phase of winemaking, they are producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir every bit as complex, expressive and ageworthy as their compatriots in Burgundy, France.

    Anderson Valley

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    Surrounded by redwood forests and often blanketed in chilly, ocean fog, the Anderson Valley is one of California’s most picturesque appellations. During the growing season, moist, cool, late afternoon air flows in from the Pacific Ocean along the Navarro River and over the valley's golden, oak-studded hills. High and low temperatures can vary as much as 40 or 50 degrees within a single day, allowing for slow and gentle ripening of grapes, which will in turn create elegantly balanced wines.

    The Anderson Valley is best known for Pinot Noir made in a range of styles from delicate and floral to powerful and concentrated. Chardonnay also shines here, and both varieties are often utilized for the production of some of California’s best traditional method sparkling wines. The region also draws inspiration from Alsace and produces excellent Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.

    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.

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