2015 Gary Farrell Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., pH 3.35, TA 0.68, 555 cases, $70. Released September 2017. Pommard selection from the legendary Q Block, considered the most prestigious Pinot Noir block on this famous site. 100% gently de-stemmed, 4 to 7-day cold soak, 7 to 1-day post fermentation extended maceration, inoculated for malolactic fermentation, and aged 16 months on the primary lees in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Lovely mix of red cranberry, red cherry, spice and pipe smoke aromas with the slightest green note. Lighter in weight, feature delicate flavors of red fruits backed by gossamer tannins. Flavors of tobacco and dried herbs add to the mix. The wine finishes with a quenching Maraschino Cherry aroma. Score: 89. Reviewed October 8, 2017

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines