2012 Davis Family Vineyards Soul Patch Estate Grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $55. Soul Patch is the winery‚Äôs estate hillside vineyard that Guy planted in 1996. It is oriented with an eastern facing slope to it receives the gentle morning sun as it burns off the Pacific Ocean fog and dodges the afternoon sun. This bottling is a barrel selection of the favorite barrels in each vintage. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is very shy, revealing delicate aromas of cherry and black raspberry. The fruit core is intense and sappy, offering flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry and spice, framed by firm tannins. Oak is evident in the background. Rather tight but the finish hints at the goodness to come. This bottling typically takes time and I would leave it alone for 3 to 5 years while you drink the other 2012 wines in the Davis lineup. Score: 91-93. Reviewed October 20, 2014

Winery: Davis Family Vineyards
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Russian River Valley Pinot Noir