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Whistler Vineyards

Pinot Noir



The house's newest wine "Pinot Noir" is made to be ready to drink as a youngster. The wine is made from a blend of young vines from Whistler's fields and from a field from the southern Sonoma Coast. Fruit has been added from a densely planted plot of land from Whistler's own fields. The younger vines produce a wine with more direct fruit, which is ready to drink as a young. It is a juicy and juicy wine with soft tannins, where you will also find notes of fresh herbs and black tea. A small portion of whole clusters has been used, which gives freshness and structure.


Husets nyeste vin "Pinot Noir" er lavet med henblik på at være drikkeklar som ung. Vinen laves af et blend af unge vinstokke fra Whistlers marker og fra en mark fra det sydlige Sonoma Coast. Der er tilføjet frugt fra et tætbeplantet parcel fra Whistlers egne marker. De yngre stokke giver en vin med mere direkte frugt, som er drikkeklar som ung. Det er en saftig og juicy vin med bløde tanniner, hvor du også finder noter af friske urter og sort te. Der er anvendt en lille portion hele klaser, som giver friskhed og struktur.


Country: USA

Region: California, Napa Valley

Winery: Whistler Vineyards

Year: 2019

Type: Red

Grapes: Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 13,7%

Aging: Oak barrels

Closure: Cork

Winemaking: Traditional



Whistler Vineyards was founded in 2001 by Stig Hansen and his wife Jennifer Whistler. Their vineyard is located in the northwestern part of the Sonoma Coast, just a few miles from the Pacific coast. It is exclusively planted with Pinot Noir and Viognier with between 2450-4000 vines per. acres. The sandy soil of the field makes it possible to use a technique called "Dry farming", which aims to maintain the natural moisture in the soil in dry regions, and thus avoid irrigation. The result is small bunches of small grapes with a fantastic concentration and depth. Stig and Jennifer are deeply involved in all the field work and believe that the production of good wine starts in the vineyard. Stig is responsible for all vinification with a focus on making authentic wines with great complexity and balance, showing the elegance of the western Sonoma Coast.

Whistler Vineyards blev grundlagt 2001 af Stig Hansen og hans kone Jennifer Whistler. Deres vinmark ligger i den nordvestlige del af Sonoma Coast, blot et par kilometer fra Stillehavskysten. Den er udelukkende beplantet med Pinot Noir og Viognier med mellem 2450-4000 vinstokke pr. hektar. Markens sandede jord gør det muligt at bruge en teknik, der hedder "Dry farming", som går ud på at bibeholde den naturlige fugtighed i jordbunden i tørre regioner, og på den måde undgå kunstvanding. Resul-tatet er små klaser med små druer med en fantastisk koncentration og dybde. Stig og Jennifer er dybt involverede i alt markarbejdet og mener, at produktion af god vin starter i vinmarken. Stig står for al vinifikation med fokus på at lave autentiske vine med stor kompleksitet og balance, der viser elegancen fra det vestlige Sonoma Coast.

General grape descriptions

Pinot Noir

The fashionable red burgundy grape is capable of producing divinely scented, gorgeously fruity expressions of place but often unwilling or unable to do so. Pinot Noir is sensitive to the size of crop it is expected to produce, and many vapid examples exemplify an over-demanding yield. It ripens relatively early so is not suitable for very warm regions where there would be no time to develop interesting flavours before acid levels plummet. On the other hand, many of the cooler regions in which it thrives suffer autumn rains which can rot Pinot's thin-skinned berries, resulting in pale, tainted wines. The Pinot Noir grower's lot is not an easy one.

This ancient eastern French vine is, with Gouais Blanc, parent of a host of other varieties including Chardonnay, Gamay and the Muscadet grape Melon de Bourgogne. Because it is so old, there are many well-established mutations such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Meunier and there is enormous variation in wine quality between different clones. Planting the wrong clone in the wrong place is one of many reasons for the wide variation in quality between different red burgundies and different varietal Pinot Noirs from elsewhere.

The positive side of all this is that Pinot Noir is a very transparent grape. It really can communicate the difference in terroir, or grape-growing environment, between adjacent plots of vineyard.