2013 MacPhail Sundawg Ridge Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.59, 640 cases, $49. Released spring 2016. Clone 115, Pommard and Calera. Harvest Brix 24.6º to 25.0º. 100% de-stemmed, 5 to 6-day cold soak, native and inoculated fermentation, native malolactic fermentation in barrel, battonage weekly for 3 months, and aged 16 months on lees in French oak barrels, 35% new. Bottled unfined and lightly filtered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas pick up interest and intensity over time in the glass, offering enticing notes of black raspberry, blackberry jam, prickly pear and spice. On entry, the explosion of dark red fruits really wakes up the palate. The wine exhibits adroit balance with a pleasing grip of acidity on the glorious finish that brings plenty of fruit to bear. Score: 92. Reviewed April 22, 2016

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