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2008 Paradise View Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 581 cases, $26. From a vineyard at the intersection of Highways 37 and 121 in the Sonoma Coast appellation owned by winery proprietor Al Brayton. The winemaker is Denis Malbec, who was born at Chateau Latour and learned viticulture and winemaking as at early age as the third generation of his family to work at Latour. He was Cellar Master from 1994 to 2000. Denis joins sommelier May-Britt Malbec as winemaking consultants on this project, joining Paradise View in 2002. 100% de-stemmed, intensive sorting, aged 20 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Enjoyable aromas of black cherries and black raspberries with a hint of spice and sweet smoke. Medium weight, bright flavors that echo the nose with complimentary smoky oak support. Silky tannins, finishing juicy with some length. Good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012

Winery: Paradise View Wines
From article: Along the Pinot Trail in California: Part 2 - North Coast & Other