2006 Cumbre Raffaelli Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 192 cases, $59. This 2+acre vineyard is located in Soquel in the Los Ranchos subregion at an elevation of 400 to 500 feet. Degree days are Region II. The vines are 25 years old and yield 3.5 tons per acre. The clones are 667, 777 and Pommard. The vineyard is hand farmed by owner Angelo Raffaelli. Brix at harvest was 26.3. · Intensely fruity nose featuring crushed dark berries with hints of wet stone, herbs, and a whiff of alcohol. Rich and earthy, this robust wine is packed with a succulent core of blackberries and black raspberries yet displaying supple dry tannins and an uplifting finish. Reviewed March 15, 2009

Winery: Wines of Vine Hill
From article: Tasting Santa Cruz Pinot Noirz