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2008 Montage Vineyards Flocchini Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.82, <180 cases, $24.95. Pommard clone, Swan selection, La Tache suitcase selection. Vineyard is located in the Petaluma Gap area. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, hand punch downs, aged on the lees for 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Initially the aromas of intense strawberry, black cherry and roasted plum are striking but fade some over time in the glass. Very ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors that are fat and opulent with underpinnings of wood spice, root beer and brown spice. Very plush and velvety on the palate. Plenty of Pinot for the price. Good. Reviewed January 27, 2011

Winery: Montage Vineyards
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