Pinot Noir, USA

Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
The United States is now the fourth largest producer of wine worldwide, with an abundance of grapevines planted in many wine regions, though Californian accounts for almost 90% of the countries output. In the late 1800s, the root louse phylloxera decimated many of the vineyards in Europe. It originated in the soils of North America where the vines are naturally resistant and was transferred to Europe on vine cuttings. In this case North America was both the cause of the problem, and the solution, in the form of resistant rootstock for grafting.

It wasn’t until 1973, when Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay from Château Montelana were judged to be the best in the world at the famous Paris Wine Show that the quality of the Californian wine industry was truly confirmed in the eyes of Europe.

Most all varieties are planted these days in the United States, from Syrah to Tempranillo, Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier and every blend in between. Key varieties are Californian Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Cooler climates such as Oregon and Washington produce brilliant Pinot Noir. Even states previously considered too hot and arid for wine, like Arizona are being planted, with great results.
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  1. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 375Ml
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 is sourced from the sub-regions of Sonoma including Russian River and Los Carneros. This wine has an enticing nose of red fruits, spice and rose petals and is backed by terrific depth of flavor ... Learn More
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  2. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of assorted berries, plum, and subtle toasted notes. This wine presents fine tannins and balanced acidity. "Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting ... Learn More
  3. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
    Aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of assorted berries, plum, and subtle toasted notes. This wine presents fine tannins and balanced acidity. "Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting ... Learn More
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  4. La Crema 'Russian River Valley' Pinot Noir 2018
    100% French oak (30% new) for nine months of ageing. Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. The palate expands into black cherry and dark chocolate flavors, rounded by cola and clove. Well-structured and ... Learn More
  5. La Crema 'Russian River Valley' Pinot Noir 2017
    100% French oak (30% new) for nine months of ageing. Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. The palate expands into black cherry and dark chocolate flavors, rounded by cola and clove. Well-structured and ... Learn More
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  6. La Crema 'Russian River Valley' Pinot Noir 2016
    100% French oak (30% new) for nine months of ageing. Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. The palate expands into black cherry and dark chocolate flavors, rounded by cola and clove. Well-structured and ... Learn More
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  7. La Crema Willamette Pinot Noir 2019
    The grapes were picked by hand in the cool of the morning before being gently sorted and destemmed. Once in the tank, they were cold soaked at 48 degree temperatures for a minimum of three days before being inoculated with selected ... Learn More
  8. La Crema Willamette Pinot Noir 2017
    “Aromas of BLACK RASPBERRY, forest floor and cedar are followed by flavors of pomegranate, COCOA, and rich earth. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with VIBRANT acidity and refined tannins.” - JENNIFER WALSH, WINEMAKER The grapes were picked ... Learn More
  9. Kelley Fox Wines 'Momtazi' Pinot Noir 2015
    Our Wine Buyer, Mark Faber had the great pleaure of doing vintage with Kelley for the 2018 harvest, and was blown away by the quality of fruit and the pure, pristine flavour of her wines. The Momtazi 2015 is a selection of ... Learn More
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  10. La Crema Sealift Pinot Noir 2017
    The winery's original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting the standard since 1979. The family-owned and operated winery focuses exclusively on cool-climate appellations. The 2017 Sealift Vineyard Pinot Noir is crafted from the same vines used in the ... Learn More
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  11. La Crema Shell Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
    Blackberry, POMEGRANATE, orange zest and CEDAR aromas. Fresh blackberry, plum and BLACK LICORICE flavors are complemented by subtle layers of GREEN TEA and toasty oak. Richly textured with supple tannins and vibrant acidity that drives a long finish. - JENNIFER ... Learn More
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  12. La Crema Fog Veil Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
    Aromas of WILD STRAWBERRY, blackberry, and cardamom. Flavors of BOYSENBERRY, raspberry, and sassafras with hints of baking spice. SOFT tannins balanced by vibrant acidity. - JENNIFER WALSH, WINEMAKER The grapes were sourced from our vineyards situated in the Santa Rosa ... Learn More
  13. La Crema Fog Veil Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir 2016
    Aromas of WILD STRAWBERRY, blackberry, and cardamom. Flavors of BOYSENBERRY, raspberry, and sassafras with hints of baking spice. SOFT tannins balanced by vibrant acidity. - JENNIFER WALSH, WINEMAKER The grapes were sourced from our vineyards situated in the Santa Rosa ... Learn More
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  14. Kelley Fox Wines 'Maresh' Pinot Noir 2015
    Our Wine Buyer, Mark Faber had the great pleaure of doing vintage with Kelley for the 2018 harvest, and was blown away by the quality of fruit and the pure, pristine flavour of her wines. The Maresh 2015 is a selection of 6 ... Learn More
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  15. ONLINE TASTING PACK - 2ND OF JULY AMERICAN TASTING

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 4 different wines (2 half bottles and 2 full bottles) to be opened during an online tasting held on the 2nd of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, ... Learn More

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  16. Hirsch Vineyards 'Block 8' Pinot Noir 2016
    The 2016 Hirsch Pinot Noirs are moderate in alcohol, high in acidity, and graced with the long, supple tannins that are a hallmark of our wines. The lengthy growing season and cool, sunny weather imparted notable fruit character to the wines. ... Learn More
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  17. Hirsch Vineyards 'Reserve' Pinot Noir 2016
    The 2016 Hirsch Pinot Noirs are moderate in alcohol, high in acidity, and graced with the long, supple tannins that are a hallmark of our wines. The lengthy growing season and cool, sunny weather imparted notable fruit character to the wines. ... Learn More
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