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Lichen Les Pinots 2014

Other White Blends from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Lichen Estate's innovative Les Pinots Noir & Gris 2014 offers an unorthodox blend of red and white grapes (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Gris). Aromas of grapefruit and white peach in the nose are matched by citrus gripping the mouth from lips to throat. Sweet Tarts brush dangerously close to Angostura bitters without touching, wrapped by a hint of effervescence. Les Pinots offers a density in the mid-palate balanced by a dancing rhubarb edge that tempts one's tongue to swab the cheeks. Enjoy the long, savory, almost briny finish.

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    Lichen Estate, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    The 203-acre Lichen Estate sits at the heart of Anderson Valley, half way between Boonville and Philo. They have planted seven acres of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vines in 2008 on meter-by-meter spacing, the same used for Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy and Champagne. We have farmed it organically from the outset. This singular vineyard produces singular wines.

    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.

    Other White Blends

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    With hundreds of white 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 enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in 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.

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