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100% Pinot Noir
My advice to those who’ve yet to “really get into” Pinot Noir, is to first try a few premium bottles from the wineries doing it right (as we have here), if you’re looking to form a solid opinion on what the grape should taste like. Then you can start to explore from there.
I promise you’ll thank me later!
So why are clones so important? Well, different clones produce very slight variations within grape varieties. It’s something which true Pinot lovers get really nerdy about!
With the Fulcrum Floodgate Vineyard Pinot we’re dealing with clone #667. This particular clone is best suited to cooler climates, in order to keep its sugar and tannin levels in balance. 667 is known for its cranberry and pomegranate fruit flavors, as well as a significant clove and nutmeg spice component.
Skewing towards darker fruit than most people have come to recognize in Pinot. Yes, there’s a little cranberry and raspberry there, but it’s hidden behind dark cherries and currant flavors. Silky smooth and multi-layered, with a fair amount of baking spice. Unfiltered and unfined…just as I like it.
It kind-of seems like a shame to be drinking this wine right now, as I’d love to see what it’s capable of if laid-down for at least 3-5 years. The tannins and acid levels are definitely out in full-force; so it you’re going to pop it open now, make sure you aerate/decant first. These are the kind of wines I like writing about.
Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce since it’s that time of year, but I’d personally love to throw some rosemary-crusted lamb chops at this wine and see what it has to say about it!
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