This Pinot Noir offers pure aromas of cherry, currant and savory spices. The velvety tannins are nicely balanced by ripe red fruit flavors layered with vanilla and spice.
88% Pinot Noir, 12% Grenache
Vineyard & Winemaking Notes
The grapes are hand-picked from the coolest growing area at the foothills of the Pyrennes. The vineyard is tempered by sea breezes from both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Good canopy management brings grapes to ripeness amid the cool temperatures, producing quality low yields of delicate Pinot Noir grapes. The grapes are then cold soaked for 10 days. The long fermentation (10-14 days malo-lactic) and manual cap "punch down" yield maximum color and tannin extraction in the Burgundian fashion. The wine remains sur lees 3 months before racking and aging. Oak aged for 6 months.
Reviews & Awards
2009 Le Grand Noir Pinot Noir
BEST BUY - Wine Enthusiast Magazine July 2011
"Simple but clean with an overall juicy red berry and plum character. A touch of earth and black pepper glimmer on the close."
2008 Le Grand Noir Pinot Noir
Winner of the 2010 Trials The Wine Trials 2010: The world’s best selling guide to inexpensive wines by Robin Goldstein & Alexis Herschkowitsch