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2006 San Saba Monterey Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 600 cases, $28.95. Founded by Mack and Barbara Lemmen in 1975, this winery has been making wines in small amounts since 1981 - who knew? They farm a 70-acre vineyard which lies up against the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County. Wines from the best blocks of the vineyard are bottled under the San Saba “Lions” label, and the remainder of the estate-grown grapes go into a second label, Bocage, made in an easy-drinking style. This wine is the second release of San Saba Pinot Noir. The vintage was extremely prolonged, with harvest extending into mid-November. Clones are 115, 667, 777 and Pommard 4. Aging was carried out in 50% new and 50% neutral oak barrels. The winemaker is Sabrine Rodems. · The nose is intriguing with scents of cherries, violets and a hint of oak and iodine. Demure red fruits are presented in a lighter style with plenty of finesse. Nice soft texture, lively acidity and on point balance. Reviewed December 16, 2007

Winery: San Saba Vineyard Wines
From article: Pinot Noir Shootout Prelims