2007 Gary Farrell Carneros Selection Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.46, 1,336 cases, $42. Sourced from 10 blocks of the Ramal Vineyard in the Carneros appellation. Clones 115, 777, 828, Pommard 5. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, fermented in stainless steel tanks with regular punch downs. Aged in 37% new French oak barrels for 9 months before bottling. · Feral nose of barnyard, forest floor, and smoky oak. Understated cherry core with grilled meat, smoke and oak in the background. Silky and mildly tannic with bright acidity. A shy wine that is not particularly exciting. Decent. Reviewed October 29, 2009

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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