2008 Desmond Estate Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.69, 80 cases, $36. From an estate vineyard located on Starr Road planted to a blend of Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. Winemaker is Bill Robbins whose background is in construction but decided a few years back to try his hand at winemaking. He sold his Harley to buy a tractor for his vineyard. · Darkly colored. Enticing perfume of Bing cherries, rose petals and spice. Richly satisfying on the palate with vibrant flavors of black cherries and black raspberries. Fine-grain tannins contribute to a satiny mouth feel and a respectable grip of acidity on the finish leaves a refreshing impression. Very good (+). Reviewed June 8, 2010

Winery: Desmond Estate Vineyards
From article: Small Sips of Pinot