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Ravines Wine Cellars

Pinot Noir 2016

Delicate aromas of ripe cherry, red plum, sultry spices and earthiness create a sensual and engaging complexity.  Grown in the cool climate of the Finger Lakes where the grapes ripen slowly, developing complexity and preserving acids required for fine winemaking, this Pinot Noir was grown at low yields of 2 1/2 tons of fruit to the acre, which encourages a concentration of flavors.  The grapes were carefully hand-picked and fermented on their skins for 4 weeks in open-top fermentors, recieving gentle punch-downs twice daily to ensure a gentle extraction which allows for flavor and aromas without harsh tannins. The wine then ages 11 months in French Oak barrels (10% NEW) and recieves another 2 years of bottle aging where it further evolves. 

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SKU: 4203-16
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Pinot Noir
Finger Lakes AVA
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“The 2016 Pinot Noir was aged for ten months in 90% used French oak and comes in at 13.2% alcohol. This was mostly sourced from 16 Falls Vineyard, with about one-fifth of the grapes from White Springs Vineyard. This is a dense, concentrated and powerful Pinot Noir that comes from a warm vintage. Despite that, it also shows good balance and some freshness to go along with the darker fruits, more black cherries than raspberries. Beautifully structured as well, this has a real tannic backbone to support the fine mid-palate depth. It should age very well—owner Morton Hallgren says he still drinks his Pinots back to the beginning (2002). This could really use a couple of years of cellaring. Let's take the aging curve in stages, but it will be interesting to see how this develops. It may yet be entitled to an uptick. And the price is very nice for this quality.” 91 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate; Mark Squires, 6/28/19
"Gently mulled cherry and raspberry fruit is lined with subtle black tea and incense notes. This becomes alluring through the finish, opening steadily in the glass. Drink now through 2020. 1,850 cases made.” 90 points, Wine Spectator –JM, 10/1/19 (released in print on November 30th, 2019 edition of Wine Spectator Magazine)