2006 Jekel Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $17. A more serious bottling sourced primarily from Central Coast vineyards with a little Sonoma Coast fruit added in. Fermented in stainless, MLF in barrel and aged in French oak, 39% new or once-used barrels. · Initially the aromas are strongly herbal and oakey but with air pleasing cherry fruit emerges and the oak fades to the background. On the palate there is rich dark cherry fruit with a hint of spice, a touch of cola, tea and oak and a fine herbal influence. Easy to drink, true to the varietal, and a good value. Reviewed February 18, 2008

Winery: Jekel Vineyards
From article: Small Sips of Pinot