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2012 Stemmler Nugent Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.60, 873 cases, $44. Released fall 2013. Estate grown blend of 115 (65%) and 667 (30%) blended with Pommard (5%) from a newer planting. 5 to 7-day cold soak. The 115 lots were barreled down at dryness and the 667 lots received 2 weeks of extended maceration. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty to like on the nose with bright aromas of Bing cherry, rose petal, sandalwood and baking spice. Deep cherry flavor with accents of cola, anise, and spice. Very lush on the palate but balanced with tannin and complimented by oak. The spice component spoke of whole cluster in the wine. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014

Winery: Stemmler
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay & Outliers