2013 Tessier Winery Morelli Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 170 cases, $38. Aged in 30% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Nice contrast to the Santa Cruz Mountains bottling, showing the typical luscious fruit the Russian River Valley is known for. Hi-tone aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry, cola and baking spice set the stage. In the mouth, there is a striking attack of intensely flavored fruit, primarily black cherry, with a hint of sarsaparilla, mocha and vanilla. Nicely balanced tannins make for easy drinking now and the finish has impressive generosity. Score: 93. Reviewed December 10, 2014

Winery: Tessier Winery
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir (& Chardonnay)