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What's in a number at Noble Vines wine?

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Posted at 7:41 AM, Apr 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 09:39:02-04

As wine lovers know, the quality of wine begins in the earth, with soil and grapevines. To cultivate the best wines, the Noble Vines collection is planted in family-owned vineyards in California.

“At Noble Vines we pay strict attention to sustainable farming to ensure this land endures for the next century and beyond,” according to noblevines.com.

Even as it looks to the future, this collection started earlier, in French vineyards with vine stocks still used today. The winemaker uses numbers that represent each vine to label its wines, so oenophiles know which vine was used to create the bottle they’re drinking.

“For centuries, vintners have cultivated cuttings from individual vines that produce exceptional grapes,” noblevines.com says. “A select few have stood the test of time, and have been granted numbers to distinguish them. Noble Vines.”

For example, Vine Stock 337, Noble Vines’ first release in 2004, creates grapes for a Cabernet Sauvignon that originated in Bordeaux, France, and is grown in Lodi, California. Its flavors include black cherries, blackberries and sweet herbs.

“In California, Noble Vines strives to honor this esteemed vine stock by matching it to where it will flourish best at our carefully chosen family-owned vineyards,” according to Noble Vines.

The same care goes into every vine stock Noble Vines grows.