In the late 19th century, Mssr. Paul Masson emigrated to California from Burgundy, bringing with him a treasure trove of Pinot noir clones which he plantd as a traditional massale (random assortment of clones). In 1940, he sold the estate to Martin Ray, who gathered budwood from throughout this massale and planted it in the hills above Saratoga, thus saving the most important collection of Pinot noir clones in the Western Hemisphere. Part of our Clos Electrique vineyard is composed of vines collected 33 years ago from Ray’s fabled massale. This extremely limited production wine is made exclusively from those vines.
The wine is concentrated, with complex aromatics of cassis, black cherry, fennel and leather. The palate is incredibly rich and long. This may be the best bottle of Pinot noir we have ever made. - John Paul
Purple Wine Company, Inc., a California limited liability company, and its AVALON brand are not in any way affiliated with Avalon Wine, Inc, an Oregon corporation, or Avalon Wine's store at its physical location in Oregon.
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If you haven't found a full case (12 bottles) to buy today, start your Build a Case now by purchasing a few bottles online, by phone or email. If you order online, select the Build a Case option. If by phone or email, just ask us to add the bottles to a Build a Case for you. You'll receive order confirmation and we'll cellar the wines for you at no charge.
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