2010 MacPhail The Flyer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.62, 180 cases, $59. Released spring 2012. From Olivet Grange Vineyard. Clones 667, 777 and 828. 100% de-stemmed. 5-day cold soak, native fermentations, aged 11 months sur lies in 50% new French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of herbal and coffee-scented oak. Middleweight flavors of black cherries and cola with noticeable oak in the background. Mild tannins and relatively soft in the mouth. A superb vineyard source, but the fruit doesn’t shine at this early stage. Undistinguished now, but should improve over time aided by more integration of oak. Decent. Reviewed July 23, 2012

Winery: MacPhail Wines
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