2016 Gary Farrell Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.69, 719 cases, $70. Released September 2018. The winery has sourced fruit from this vineyard for more than 20 years, and is one of the fortunate few to source some of the Pommard selection from the legendary Q Block, the most prestigious Pinot Noir block on this famous site. 20% whole cluster added to the fermentation tank. 4-day cold soak, regular punch downs and an occasional pump-over. 12-days of extended maceration, followed by 15 months of aging in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of Bing cherry, baking spices, mushrooms on the grill and fertile earth. Light to mid weight flavors of cherry and dark red berry with a touch of spice and nutty oak. Very charming, with an extremely long, sweet and juicy finish. Score: 93. Reviewed September 14, 2018

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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