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Wedell Pinot Noir Edna Valley Hillside Vineyard 2004

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2004 Wedell Cellars Pinot Noir Hillside Vyd Edna Valley The deep color and intense bouquet of blackberry, cherry and raspberry are only a hint of what an extraordinary wine we have created. The richness and complexity are reminiscent of a truly exceptional pinot noir. We feel that while our 2004 Hillside Vineyard Pinot Noir is enjoyable now it has the proper balance to benefit and improve with more bottle age for years to come. In 1995 we planted a small steep north facing hillside vineyard in the southern end of Edna Valley with a field mix of three different dijon clones of pinot noir (clones 115, 667 & 777) on low vigor root stock (rootstock 420a). While to our knowledge, nobody else had tried this approach with pinot noir, we believed that by doing these things we could delay bud break, increase hang time and acidity while keeping the vineyards yield exceptionally low and would potentially produce an exceptional pinot noir. After five years of intense farmingour hillside vineyard finally began producing a small crop. The wines that have come from it, Wedell Cellars Hillside Vineyard Pinot Noir, have been widely praised in the wine press. One wine writer stated that it could be easily mistaken for Domaine De La Romanee Conti while another remarked that it is one of the best Central Coast Pinot Noirs in memory. (174 Six Pack Cases made)This is a california wine.

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Wedell Cellars:
The Wedell Cellars dream began in the late 1970's when Maurice Wedell began working with a well known French Restauranteur in Los Angeles. During the next ten years with the restauranteur's guidance, Maurice developed a passion for wine. This passion led Maurice in 1988 to move along with his wife Susan, and their newborn son Justin, to the Central Coast of California, an area that produces ... Read more
The Wedell Cellars dream began in the late 1970's when Maurice Wedell began working with a well known French Restauranteur in Los Angeles. During the next ten years with the restauranteur's guidance, Maurice developed a passion for wine. This passion led Maurice in 1988 to move along with his wife Susan, and their newborn son Justin, to the Central Coast of California, an area that produces some highly acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Immediately, the Wedell's planted a small experimental vineyard of Chardonnay in what became the first step in realizing their dream of creating a wine styled after the great Burgundies of France. Knowing that they would need expert guidance in their quest to create such a wine they sought out John Alban of Alban Vineyards to assist in the management of the vineyard and to make their wine. The first vintage in1994 consisted of one barrel of wine, twenty-eight cases of Chardonnay were produced from their own grapes and from grapes purchased from John Alban. Encouraged by the results in 1994, Maurice and Susan decided to expand production gradually over the next few years by purchasing grapes from selected vineyards in Edna Valley while planting and maturing their own vineyard capable of producing enough grapes for their wine. Read less

2004 Wedell Cellars Pinot Noir Hillside Vyd Edna Valley The deep color and intense bouquet of blackberry, cherry and raspberry are only a hint of what an extraordinary wine we have created. The richness and complexity are reminiscent of a truly exceptional pinot noir. We feel that while our 2004 Hillside Vineyard Pinot Noir is enjoyable now it has the proper balance to benefit and improve with more bottle age for years to come. In 1995 we planted a small steep north facing hillside vineyard in the southern end of Edna Valley with a field mix of three different dijon clones of pinot noir (clones 115, 667 & 777) on low vigor root stock (rootstock 420a). While to our knowledge, nobody else had tried this approach with pinot noir, we believed that by doing these things we could delay bud break, increase hang time and acidity while keeping the vineyards yield exceptionally low and would potentially produce an exceptional pinot noir. After five years of intense farmingour hillside vineyard finally began producing a small crop. The wines that have come from it, Wedell Cellars Hillside Vineyard Pinot Noir, have been widely praised in the wine press. One wine writer stated that it could be easily mistaken for Domaine De La Romanee Conti while another remarked that it is one of the best Central Coast Pinot Noirs in memory. (174 Six Pack Cases made)This is a california wine.

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