2013 Red Car Estate Vineyard Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.52, 610 cases, $68. Vineyard first planted in 2005 at 1,000 feet elevation, 3.7 miles from Pacific Ocean. Harvest Brix 22.3º. Clones are Calera, Jackson 16 and “828” planted in well-drained Ohlson sandstone. 15% whole cluster. Aged 12 months in 24% new and 76% neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is pleasant but not highly expressive, offering aromas of dark berry compote and cherry pie. Redder fruits dominate the palate that is uplifted with bright acidity in a mid weight style that has admirable balance. A bit austere, with modest tannins and a finish flush with citrus-infused cranberry fruit. Score: 89. Reviewed July 12, 2015

Winery: Red Car Wine Co.
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