2013 Red Car Manchester Ridge Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., pH 3.80, TA 0.51, 300 cases, $68. Vineyard is in a mountain range that is an extension of the Sonoma Coast range just north of the Sonoma County line in Mendocino County. Elevation is 2,000 feet, 3.5 miles from Pacific Ocean. Harvest Brix 22.1ยบ. Clones 114 and 115. Aged 12 months in neutral French oak barrels. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Racy aromas of grape must, spice, rose petal and oak. Light weight flavors of red fruits and spice with a floral note and oak in the background. The acidity sticks out, and the oak supersedes the thin fruit on the finish Score: 88. Reviewed July 12, 2015

Winery: Red Car Wine Co.
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