2014 Mignanelli Saveria Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., $39. Vineyard planted in 2000 in sandy, calcareous soils. Clones 115, 667 and “828.” 50% whole cluster. Aged in neutral French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is complex and appealing, with aromas of cherry, rose petal, spice and bell pepper. Light to mid weight styled, with flavors of cherry, raspberry and red grape as well as a vegetal and burnt tobacco note. Fresh, with good vibrancy, slick in texture, with integrated tannins and a raspberry-infused finish. I like this wine, but the whole cluster inclusion character is a tad overbearing and the burnt tobacco note is too prominent. A wine for whole cluster aficionados. Score: 89. Reviewed January 16, 2017

Winery: Mignanelli Winery
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