2013 Dierberg Drum Canyon Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $52. Stem inclusion used to add structure and savory spice and earth tones. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The intoxicating aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, potpourri and spice draw you to the glass. Ultra ripe flavors of black cherry, blackberry and a hint of raisin are framed by easygoing tannins and the juicy acidity that Sta. Rita Hills is known for. The ripeness qualities reflect the vintage. Stem inclusion has nicely embellished the wine. Silky in the mouth, and easy to savor, with a modest, but focused finish that gives off the slightest sense of alcoholic heat. Score: 91. Reviewed September 7, 2016

Winery: Dierberg Vineyards
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