2014 O’Connor Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.66, 414 cases, $35. Harvest Brix 25.2º. Pommard, 115 and 777 clones. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Winemaker is Ron Johnson, the vineyard owners’ son-in-law. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Soaring aromas of Bing cherry, spice, toast and tobacco lead to a middleweight styled wine with delicious dark cherry fruit. The charge of fruit is buffered by vibrant acidity and silky tannins. There is definite barrel influence, but it seasons rather than dominates the wine. Very enjoyable, with a smooth texture and an exit bursting with savory oak and black cherry goodness. A real charmer and quintessential Russian River Valley in character at a very reasonable price. Score: 93. Reviewed February 13, 2017

Winery: O'Connor Vineyards
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