About This Wine
Judd Finkelstein is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
Since Cronkite once was called the most trusted man in America, you’d expert the vintner for Judd’s Hill Winery to be straightforward in his approach to life. And so he is, particularly when it comes to the notion that winemaking is romantic.
“Crushing grapes is nasty, grungy, necessity-fulfilling labor,” Finkelstein says. “And the sweltering weather can be brutal. Romantic? It’s barely pleasant. So why do I put myself through it each year? The understanding that we have created and crafted sumptuous wines which give great pleasure to so many is the greatest satisfaction I have known.”
Case in point: the 2009 Judd’s Hill Napa Valley Pinot Noir, a medium-bodied, elegant and delicious wine crafted from grapes grown in the winery’s estate Milliken Creek Vineyard. As a certain iconic journalist might have put it: “That’s the way it is.”
About Pinot Noir
Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Estate Milliken Creek Vineyard in Napa Valley
- Aromas & Flavors:Violets, Currant, Nutmeg, Clove, and a Hint of Tahitian Vanilla Bean
- Aging Vessels:Previously Filled French Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionpesto pasta, or grilled summer vegetables.
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