2013 MacPhail Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.56, 1,025 cases, $40. Released spring 2016. A blend of grapes from 8 vineyards. Clones are 115, 667, 777, 2A, 23, “828,” Pommard, Swan, Calera and Martini. Harvest Brix 24.5º-25.5º. 100% de-stemmed, native and inoculated fermentation, native malolactic fermentation in barrel, and aged 11 months on lees in French oak barrels, 37% new. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Highly aromatic, with scents of cherry hard candy and vanilla. The darker cherry and berry fruits are unusually spiced with notes of cardamom and vanilla. Forward drinking, with silky tannins and a modest finish. Score: 87. Reviewed April 22, 2016

Winery: MacPhail Wines
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir