2007 Verve Klein Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

94 cases, $33. Yields 1.5 tons per acre average. Clones 115 and 667. 100% destemmed but not crushed. Fermented in T-bins. Manual punch downs. Minimal cold soak and 12 days average cuvaison. Aged an average of 19 months in French oak barrels, 25% new from Tonnellerie Saint-Martin. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Initially the scents of fresh dark strawberries and black cherries dominate. With time in the glass, the fruit takes on a gregarious spicy tone with a hint of root beer. The core of powdery tannins is wrapped in layers of earth-dusted cherry and berry fruit. Light on its feet, gently styled, very smoothly textured, and showing perfect harmony. Very good (+) Reviewed October 29, 2009

Winery: Verve
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