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2005 McHenry Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., <200 cases, $20. From a 2-acre vineyard Bonny Doon at 1,800 feet elevation, five miles from the Pacific Ocean. Aged two years in French oak. · Dark ruby violet in color. The fruit in this wine is veering toward raisin and seems riper than the 2004 vintage. The red stone fruit is discreetly oaked and interesting accents of spice, pepper and forest floor make for a delicious drink. Soft, clean, and seamless. Easily approachable and a delight to drink. Reviewed October 1, 2008

Winery: McHenry Vineyard
From article: Small Sips of California Pinot Noir: Just Drink It