2013 Fogline Vineyards Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.65, 225 cases, $42. This organically certified vineyard is located in the Middle Reach just off River Road. Beginning in 2014, the name will change to Starscape Vineyard due to an ownership change. Clones 667, 777, 115 and Pommard. Fermented with a commercial strain of malolactic bacteria known to produce low biogenic amines. Aged in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Brooding, but pleasant aromas of Bing cherry, earthy flora and spice. Riper and richer than the Sun Chase bottling, with a hedonistic core of spiced black cherries accented with a cola note, and framed by structured tannins. Wellcrafted, with good finishing intensity. My only nit would be that the fruit has a slight roasted, compote character. Score: 90. Reviewed October 2, 2016

Winery: Fogline Vineyards
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir