2005 Russian Hill Tara Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $37. The Tara Vineyard surrounds the Russian Hill winery and is named for the stately home that sits on the property. · Lovely strawberry and Bing cherry fruit aromas with a hint of cola, herbs and smoke. Very tasty black cherry and black raspberry core with notable char and grilled meat overtones. The fruit is bright and clean and is framed by gossamer tannins. A nice acid lift on the finish makes you reach for another sip. About all you can ask for in a California Pinot. Reviewed May 7, 2008

Winery: Russian Hill Estate
From article: Small Sips of Pinot