2013 Valerie’s Vineyard One Acre Carneros Pinot Noir

93 cases, $40. Winemaker Jeff McBride (Benziger Family Winery). Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. A very savory wine with aromas of herbs, sous-bois and cigar box. Middleweight flavors of black cherry, blueberry and black raspberry with a riff of grilled mushroom and sweet oak in the background. Very earthy, with satiny tannins and some finishing length. I liked it more over time in the glass. Score: 90. Reviewed May 14, 2015

Winery: Valerie’s Vineyard
From article: Recent Sips of California Pinot Noir