2009 Burrell School Vineyards “Principal’s Choice” Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.3, TA 0.72, 340 cases, $45. Aged 18 months in 80% new French oak. · There is a very appealing core of luscious dark fruit with a vivid acid spine, but the fruit is buried in oak. Good. The 2010 vintage was also offered and is more to my liking with apparently less new oak. This wine shows less ripeness, is more red cherry-driven with spot-on vibrancy. Very good. Reviewed April 13, 2013

Winery: Burrell School
From article: Cruzin’ the Pinot Trail: Pinot Paradise in the Santa Cruz Mountains