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2009 Patianna Organic Vineyards Mendocino Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $19.99, screw cap. Made from organic grapes grown in certified organic vineyards. Proprietor is Patti Ann Fetzer, the first woman in the Fetzer clan to launch her own label. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Initially the nose offers bright aromas of dark berries and black cherries with a touch of oak, fading a bit over time in the glass. Fairly intense flavors of very ripe black cherries and berries with an underpinning of oak and herbs adding a savory note. The fruit is framed by well-mannered dry tannins and supported by a solid acid backbone. Impressive persistence on the slippery finish. Source: website, retail. Good. Reviewed July 1, 2011

Winery: Patianna Organic Vineyards
From article: Pinots of Distinction