2006 L’Angevin Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., 400 cases, $44. After de-stemming, whole berries are placed into the fermenter without crushing, cold soaked 4 days, relatively cool fermentations, aged 14 months or until the wine reaches appropriate maturity. Unfined and unfiltered. · Restrained and neutral nose which picks up some interest in the glass offering dark cherries, currants and oak spice. A muscular wine with full-bodied darker fruits, moderately ripe mouth-coating tannins, and an echo of grapefruit in the background. This wine needs time to soften the tannins and release the full expression of the mildly jammy core of fruit. Reviewed January 1, 2009

Winery: L’Angevin Wines
From article: Small Sips of Russian River Valley Pinot