2004 Mayacamas Vineyards Napa Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., approx 200 cases, $32, Winemaking at Mayacamas is unique for Pinot Noir. Fermentation lasts two weeks at 72-75 degrees. The wine is racked several times while aging for its first half year in 1000 gallon American oak casks, then spends a year in 60 gallon French oak barrels. Only 10% new oak is used and after the barrels are five years old, Travers shaves out the insides. The wine is bottled at 18-20 months of age and usually released for sale when four years old. Travers recommends savoring his Pinot Noirs between 7 and 12 years. The 2004 vintage was drinking well early so it was released in September, 2006. · This Pinot Noir is medium in body with a dark ruby color. The nose is alluring with dark fruits, herbs and anise. On the palate, there is a complex array of ripe Pinot fruits enhanced by plentiful earthy mushrooms. The texture is rich. The persistent finish reveals an attractive touch of oak and dusty tannins. A heady Pinot Noir with great charisma. Reviewed December 10, 2006

Winery: Mayacamas Vineyards
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