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2012 the gardener Carneros Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.57, $26. Produced from organic grapes. Clone 667. Harvest Brix 23.3º. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. An array of scents arise from the glass including black raspberry, spice, rose petal and herb garden. Modest in weight, but flavorful, with a charge of black cherry, purple grape, black raspberry and sassafras on the attack. Hints of earth, savory herbs and oak play in the background. The finish is bold, juicy and expansive. Score: 89. Reviewed April 20, 2015 ARTICLE »

2011 the Gardener Don Miguel Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.5% alc., pH 3.40,TA 0.64, 200 cases, $30. Made from organic grapes grown in Goldridge soil. See clone. Vineyard is Certified Organic by CCOF and farmed by Marimar Torres. Harvested at 22.0 Brix. 50% MLF. Aged 9 months sur-lee in 30% new French oak barrels. · Pale straw color and clear in the glass. Lovely aromas of lemon, pear, banana and almond. A transparent wine, unencumbered by oak, offering flavors of citrus and pear with a hint of roasted nuts in the background. Bright and very agreeable, light on its feet, with a lively acid backbone, and a tight, lemony finish. Very good. Reviewed May 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 the Gardener Carneros Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.62, 200 cases, $35. Scintilla Vineyard, clone 667. Vineyard Certified Organic by CCOF. Harvested at 23.5 Brix. 20% whole cluster. Aged 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The aromas jump out of the glass with remarkable clarity, displaying notes of fresh black cherries and spice. Delicious core of perfectly ripened and well-spiced cherries and plums. The wine is impeccably balanced with supple tannins, and features a remarkably long, cherry driven finish. My notes are filled with superlatives. This wine is like the girl you could never have but always wanted. Reviewed May 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

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