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Lily Pinot Noir 2002

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    A wine as delicate as the flower and with the youthful vibrancy of my daughter, Lily. The bouquet of this wine bursts with ripe raspberry and spice. The silky elegance of the wine coats your palate as a wide array of red fruit flavors; sweet oak and spice permeate through a balanced and lingering finish. The wine can be enjoyed as a red aperitif or it pairs extremely well with most fish dishes, chicken, duck and wild game. Only 936 cases produced.

    Critical Acclaim

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    Lily
    Lily, Sonoma County, California
    2002 Pinot Noir
    The Lily wines were named after the President and C.E.O. of Billington Imports, Alex Bartholomaus', daughter. Grapes for these wines were sourced from the Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros regions of California. Specific vineyard sites were chosen because of their cool climates, long hang-time and complexity of fruit. The wines represent the true artistic nature of winemaking in some of California's boutique wineries. The Lily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay represent the true character of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from these areas of the country.

    This area of California was once thought to be too cold to grow Pinot Noir. Now it's known as one of the top Pinot Noir sections of California. Recently growers have been moving out to the western outskirts of the county because they have learned that this land proves to be the best in the county with its ripe fruit and low yields.

    Sonoma County

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    Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for nearly every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa, the region only produces about half the amount of wine, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in both quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

    Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros, and Fort Ross-Seaview. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

    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.

    YNG312021_2002 Item# 81599

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