2003 Gloria Ferrer José Ferrer Select Carneros Pinot Noir

11,400 cases (1,900 6-packs), $35. All of the major California sparkling wine producers now produce still Pinot Noir and the wines have become quite good. This Pinot Noir is a reserve bottling sourced from the winery’s 335-acre Carneros vineyard. It is composed of the 43 best barrels in the cellar and made in honor of the founder, José S Ferrer. The wine is available at the winery which is open daily for tours and tastings. The website is www.gloriaferrer.com. · Dark ruby in color, this plush wine starts with aromas of crushed blackberries, black cherries, and mocha and carries the theme through to the finish. The texture is noticeably silky. Moderate dusty tannins arrive with a rush at the back end. Reviewed January 22, 2007

Winery: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
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