2013 Gary Farrell Martaella Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.43, TA 0.61, 388 cases, $60. Inaugural release June 2015. Clones 37, “828,” 96 and Martini. Small percentage of whole cluster inclusion. 5 to 7-day cold soak, 10 to 15 days extended maceration after fermentation, aged 14 months on primary lees in 100% French oak barrels, 40% new. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Perfume of oakkissed black cherry, violets and smoke. Mid weight flavors of black cherry, cola and tar. Very soft in the mouth and elegant, but a bit shallow on the attack and on the acid-driven finish. A good food wine, but not particularly notable on its own. Score: 89. Reviewed July 12, 2015

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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