2009 Clos Pepe Vigneron Select Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $64 (sold out). · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of fresh black cherries with cardamom spice and a hint of toasty oak. Modestly intense flavors of cherries, cranberries and dark red raspberries with a savory note of mushrooms, herbs and a hint of oak. This wine has understated charm with a soft texture, mild tannins and a good cut of acidity on the slightly tart finish. Has the balance to continue to improve in the cellar. Still fine the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Source: www.clospepe.com. The 2010 vintage is available now. Reviewed February 22, 2012

Winery: Clos Pepe Estate
From article: Sips of California Pinot Noir