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Clendenen Rancho La Cuna Pinot Noir

Clendenen
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750 mL
Wine Type
Red Still Wine
RegionCentral Coast California
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Country
United States
SubregionSanta Barbara County
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GrapesPinot Noir
Wine Description:
Jim Clendenen gained renown for crafting internationally acclaimed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California. Among the region's top vintners, his work since 1982 established the benchmark for contemporary, terroir-focused Californian wines made from Burgundian grape varieties. Wines bearing the Clendenen Family Vineyards label represent more than just another brand; they reflect Jim's passionate commitment. These artisanal, nuanced wines, crafted in small batches, possess a distinctive character and age gracefully. With enduring longevity, food-friendly qualities, firm acidity, and moderate alcohol levels, they are integral parts of Jim's story that we are proud to import and represent in the UK. Rancho La Cuna, located at Jim's ranch and his residence, is a small 15-acre vineyard nestled on steep hillsides. Here, it yields a Pinot Noir with deep, robust character and remarkable complexity. The wine is matured in premium new French oak barrels for 24 months and bottled without filtration. Read more
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  • Elegant and refined flavor profile
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  • Limited availability

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Clendenen Rancho La Cuna Pinot Noir is a highly regarded wine known for its elegance and complexity. This Pinot Noir showcases the unique characteristics of the Rancho La Cuna vineyard, located in California. On the nose, this wine offers enticing aromas of ripe red berries, such as cherries and raspberries, accompanied by subtle floral notes and a hint of spice. The palate is well-balanced, with a silky texture and refined tannins. Flavors of red fruits, including cranberries and strawberries, are complemented by earthy undertones and a touch of oak. The Clendenen Rancho La Cuna Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied wine with a long, lingering finish. It pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes, such as roasted duck, grilled salmon, or mushroom risotto. This wine is best enjoyed slightly chilled, around 14-16°C, to fully appreciate its delicate nuances. Read more
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Wine body refers to the weight and texture of wine on the palate. In other words, it is the degree of body a wine has, ranging from light-bodied to full-bodied. Wines with higher body appear to have a thicker texture and can sometimes coat the palate.
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Wine acidity refers to the tartness of a wine, which gives a tingling sensation on the side of the tongue. A metallic-like sharp taste is also associated with high acidity. Sometimes a high level of sweetness, such as in luscious dessert wines, can disguise a high level of acidity. Acidity can range from soft to searing.
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Wine tannin gives wine its textural mouthfeel and astringency. Tannin is a natural compound found in grape skins, seeds, and stems. It contributes to the structure and helps to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Tannins are usually discussed when it comes to red wines, even though some white and rosé wines with certain wine making techniques can also contain tannins.
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