2009 Brogan Cellars Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $75. A blend of two vineyards to the east of the Russian River including the Helio Doro Block of Buena Tierra Vineyard. Dark garnet color in the glass. · Nice array of scents including Bing cherries, baking spices and marzipan. Richly endowed with copious and liquor-like very ripe flavors of framboise, black cherries and sassafras. Dense and palate-staining, and a bit virile for me now, yet offering supple tannins, an appealingly smooth mouth feel and stunning persistence on the fruity finish. Not for wimps. May shed some heft with several years in the bottle. Very good. Reviewed July 1, 2011

Winery: Brogan Cellars
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