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2006 Derby Wine Estates Derbyshire Vineyard San Simeon Central Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.75, 235 cases, $42. Inaugural Pinot Noir from this newer producer. The Derbyshire Vineyard is just 1.25 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean bordering the Hearst Ranch. 62 acres were planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir clones 115, 667 and 777 and Pinot Gris. Grapes are also sold to Tantara, Wind Gap Wines and Wild Horse. 50% whole cluster. Aged 18-20 months in 50% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. The winemaker is Tiffinee Vierra. · Deep reddish-purple color. Alluring scents of dark cherries, Moroccan spice and sage. Discreetly concentrated core of cherry and red plum fruit with overtones of herbs and vanilla and a tangy finish that lingers with a grapefruit peel note. The tannins are supple permitting easy drink-ability. Sold on the winery‚Äôs website at www.derbywineestates.com. Reviewed September 19, 2009

Winery: Derby Wine Estates
From article: Small Sips of Pinot