2009 Valerie’s Vineyard “One-Acre” Carneros Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 75 cases, $40. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. A slight oxidized note is present on the nose that offers fruit aromas of black cherry and black raspberry. Sleek and seamless on the palate with intense, even teeth-staining, flavors of blackberry, black plum, raspberry and black tea. There is enough balancing tannin to support the fruit load. A pristine bottle would undoubtedly score higher. Drink now to 2025. Score: 88. Reviewed April 19, 2017

Winery: Valerie’s Vineyard
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir