2003 Skewis Floodgate Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 150 cases, $45. This vineyard is located at the far western or "deep end" of the Anderson Valley. There is a strong maritime influence with frequent summer fog and wind. The soil is fairly poor and the vines struggle. · A light bodied, feminine Pinot Noir. The nose is toasty with plenty of spice and herbal aromas. There are appealing plum and black fruit flavors with a citrus note. The fruit may be a bit austere for some, but the lively acidic edge makes this wine a perfect food companion. A killer with grilled pork tenderloin. Reviewed June 5, 2006

Winery: Skewis Wines