2009 Domaine Saint Nicolas Vendeéns Pinot Noir (Previously $18)

SKU #1057938

For Thierry Michon, the gregarious force behind one of the Loire’s best-kept secrets, Domaine Saint Nicolas, it's all about the soil. Working on schist and silex a stone’s throw away from the Atlantic, Thierry is the prophet of biodynamics in this tiny viticultural area. His vineyards never see a non-organic product. Thierry raises his own cows simply for the manure they produce which he religiously spreads between the vines. He has slowly purchased buffer zones all around his property to prevent chemical products from other winemakers from seeping into his parcels. For him, biodynamics isn’t a pragmatic consideration, it's a religion. This is 100% Pinot Noir, aged partially in used barrels and partially in tank. True, this is not traditional pinot noir country (it's practically Muscadet!), but one taste will prove Thierry is on to something truly special here. Try it with grilled salmon! 89 points Wine Spectator: "Restrained but very pure, with a lovely beam of black cherry and spice carried by a hint of graphite on the racy finish. There's a nice bit of grip. Drink now through 2011." (08/10)

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/13/2010  | Send Email
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One of my favorite Pinot Noirs, which offers incredible balance and depth of flavor. Medium-deep ruby in color, this Gem explodes on the nose with dried rose petals and violet floral tones that carry over to its expansive, complex, focused, fleshy palate. This is great Pinot and must not be missed. This will be one of our house reds for the month of November, and it is the perfect red to serve with Thanksgiving dinner, according to Anderson. 13% ABV. (Jim Barr)
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 By: Anthony Ashley |  Review Date: 12/3/2010 
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Slightly opaque dark ruby color, Nose possesses slightly rustic barnyard aromas, dark plums, cherries, earthy damp forrest floor. If tasted blind I would have guessed a cru Beaujolais. This Wine has more Gamay grape character than Pinot Noir. Medium balance and modest length in the finish. An old world styled wine.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
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