2013 Laetitia Estate Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.63, 32,000 cases, $25. Harvest Brix 23.6º-26.1º. Clones 113, 115, 959, 667, 777, “828,” Pommard 5, Wädenswil 2A, Martini 13 and Mt Eden. 100% de-stemmed, 3-day cold soak, quick fermentation lasting 4 days, aged 11 months in a combination of Francois Frères and Rousseau French oak barrels (30% new, 70% neutral). · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Fragrant with aromas of plum reduction sauce, boysenberry, blackberry, oak spice and vanilla. A big mouthful of well-spiced purple berry fruits in a mid weight style with a hint of savory tea and earth in the background. Very satisfying and expansive on the palate with a fruit-driven, long finish of some note that offers a subtle citric tang. Tremendous value and amazing quality for such large production. Score: 91. Reviewed February 8, 2015

Winery: Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay