2014 Small Vines Baranoff Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.74, TA 0.56, RS 0.3 g/L, 360 cases, $82. Released August 2016. Vineyard is located above Laguna de Santa Rosa in Sebastopol and was planted in 2001.l 4 feet x 4 feet and 4 feet by 1 meter vine spacing. Yields 1.8 lbs per vine. Calera, 777, Swan and 459. Harvest Brix 22.1º-23.5º. 75% whole cluster. 5-day cold soak, native primary and malolactic fermentations. 100% free run. Aged 15 months on fine lees in French oak barrels, 43% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. Shy aromas of dark red berries, spice and potpourri with a subtle green note. Mid weight flavors of dark red, blue and black berries are accented with a bit of tobacco and herbal tastes. Somewhat rugged and attacking tannins persist through the finish and superimpose their will on the fruit. The high percentage of whole cluster inclusion makes its presence felt in this wine, but further aging in bottle should ameliorate some of that character. Unchanged when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 90-91. Reviewed August 16, 2016

Winery: Small Vines Wines
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