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2007 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 668 cases, $48. A drought vintage (the worse since 1976). Despite the weather, the crop size was normal. Fermented on native yeasts with spontaneous MLF. Unfined and unfiltered. · More stacked and packed than usual for Mount Eden Pinot Noir, this wine has lovely scents of crushed plums and Morroccan spice followed on the palate with full-bodied black cherry and black plum flavors. There is deft use of oak, the acid spine is well proportioned, and the ripe, dry tannins caress the fruit, bringing the wine to a rich and powerful finish. Will continue to improve in the bottle. Very good and may eclipse the 2006 vintage over time. Reviewed November 13, 2009

Winery: Mount Eden Vineyards
From article: Mount Eden Vineyards