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J. Cage Cellars

J. Cage Cellars
2017 Hallberg Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$49

J. Cage Cellars
2017 Hallberg Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
Violet color. Attractive aromas of marinated strawberries, pomegranate, blueberry pie, and violet with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long chocolate shavings, sweet cream gelato, roasted almonds, and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A heady, decadent Pinot Noir with rich layers of fruit, florals, and spice.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: marinated strawberries, pomegranate, blueberry pie, and violet
Taste Flavor: chocolate shavings, sweet cream gelato, roasted almonds, and black tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A heady, decadent Pinot Noir with rich layers of fruit, florals, and spice.

The Producer

J.Cage Cellars

The Producer
6705 Sonoma Hwy
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
USA
1 707-318-6323

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.