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2004 Summerland Winery Bien Nacido Vineyard Block T Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 800 cases, $40. The grapes for this wine came from one of the oldest section if vines at Bien Nacido Vineyard, planted to Clone 22 in 1973. Pommard has been added between the old vine rows. An initial cold soak is followed by fermentation in 1.5-ton open-top fermenters using inoculated yeast, punch downs by hand, and aging in 100% Francois Frères cooperage (33% new) for 11 months. · Lovely aromas of cherries and cranberries are duplicated in the flavors with a touch of pepper. Just the right touch of refined acidity. I wanted to nibble on this one. Reviewed May 30, 2006

Winery: Summerland Winery