2013 Magnanelli Highlands Ranch Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.57, 145 cases, $26. This 18-acre vineyard is planted to a variety of Pinot Noir clones. Gravelly sandy loam soils. Harvest Brix 23.8ยบ. Clones 115, 777 and Pommard. 40% whole cluster. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very pleasant scent of cherry pie glaze, baking spices and dark red rose petal. Plush and velvety on the palate, with a generous charge of well ripened black cherry and black raspberry fruits with a wink of dark chocolate accent. Whole cluster plays only a subtle role in this wine which has beautifully integrated tannins and acidity. The seductive mouthfeel and seamless character speaks loudly of Pinot Noir. Score: 92. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Mignanelli Winery
From article: Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir: The Bar Keeps Moving Higher