Bird ‘Big Barrel’ Pinot Noir 2011

Steve Bird has made a specialty of employing the ‘Vernou Roll' method of vinification where barrels of wine are gently rolled by hand. He also unusually uses large 900 L barrels for fermentation and storage, reckoning that better oak integration and greater complexities are the result. Steve Bird's approach is clearly highly successful as his 2010 vintage wine (which I rated 5-stars – click here to see my review) is all sold out necessitating the release of the 2011 before projected time. Here is my review of the new wine. www.birdwines.com

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