2011 Easkoot Chileno Valley Vineyard Marin County Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., 350 cases, $39. Vineyard is six miles from the Pacific Ocean and bathed in nightly fog. Harvest Brix 22.5º. Clones 777, 115 and unknown. 20% whole cluster. Indgenous fermentation. Aged in 20% new Marcel Cadet French oak barrels. Winemaker Matt Duffy. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The aromas are a bit different and interesting with notes of candied cherry, blood orange, spice, lilac and vanilla cream. Medium to full-bodied core of black cherry fruit with impressive mid palate attack and finish. Slightly earthy with hints of cola and oak. More body and structure than many Marin County Pinot Noirs, with commendable harmony, finishing slick and clean. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013

Winery: Easkoot Cellars
From article: Sips of California Pinot Noir