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2018 Calstar Cellars Pinot Meunier 750ml

2018 Calstar Cellars Pinot Meunier

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Brilliant salmon rosy pink in the glass. Lovely aromas of strawberry, fresh stone fruit, pineapple and key lime jump out of the glass. Hints of wet rock and lemon blossom add complexity and round out the nose. Delightfully dry with laser-sharp acidity, this vintage is light and nimble on the palate. Flavors of strawberry and raspberry dance across the mouth supported by a grapefruit-skin finish that ties it all together and begs for another sip.This bottling begs for food with its broad mouthfeel with a counterbalance of citrus. A great example of what the Russian River Valley can produce with lesser known varietals. - Winemaker's Notes

Producer: Calstar Cellars
Website: http://www.calstarcellars.com/


Price: $36.99

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Varietal: Pinot Meunier
Pinot Meunier is the Champagne regions most treasured and popular variety. Its success is due to the fact that it buds late and ripens early. On such a northerly latitude where the climate is so marginal, a variety that is more resilient and less susceptible to frost is useful. Some attribute Pinot Meunier to making a more rustic wine compared to those made from Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. However like any variety, with the right treatment it is very capable of producing refined wines showing appealing fruitiness in youth and with age developing a complex nutty and mushroom quality. Krug who use a high proportion of the variety demonstrate very well the grapes potential for producing fine age-worthy wines.

Country: United States
Although wine is made in all 50 states, it is understandable, with almost 90% of the country's production, that California is synonymous with domestic wine. As of 2010 harvest, reports indicate that Washington, New York & Oregon account for additional 6% of production, meanwhile Virginia, Missouri and Texas's wine industries are growing to a point beyond that of just a tourist attraction.

Region: California
California is one of the most diverse wine producing regions of the world. Although it has a history spanning over 200 years, it has experienced most of its growth in the last fifty years. The regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma County have become as renowned as France’s Bordeaux and Burgundy. While Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay are by far the most popular fine wine varieties, producers in the Golden State have also experimented with an unparalleled array of diverse varieties, including Zinfandel, Syrah, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo.

Sub-Region: Sonoma County
With a wide range of climate and soils reflected in its 13 AVAs (as of 2012), Sonoma County could almost be considered a whole wine country within itself. It is one of the largest wine regions and significantly overshadows Napa in terms of quantity produced. The main AVAs include: Alexander Valley and Dry Creek, known for good Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel; Knights Valley and Sonoma Mountain, for its Cabernet Sauvignon; and Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Type: Red
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used. Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.