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Point of the Bluff Vineyards

Point of the Bluff Vineyards
2016 Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Point of the Bluff Vineyards
2016 Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Garnet black color. Spicy, savory aromas and flavors of spicy cherry chutney, honey roasted beets, and hint of licorice with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, layered, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of pomegranate and black raspberry relish, orange blossom honey, spiced nuts, and cedar with fine, crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A deeply flavorful and rather opulent New York state pinot noir that will stand up to the heartiest of dishes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: spicy cherry chutney, honey roasted beets, and hint of licorice
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of pomegranate and black raspberry relish, orange blossom honey, spiced nuts, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Rabbit Pappardelle, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A deeply flavorful and rather opulent New York state pinot noir that will stand up to the heartiest of dishes.

The Producer

Point of the Bluff Vineyards LLC

The Producer
8524 Broadview Heights
Keuka Park, NY 14478
USA
1 585-259-7186

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.