2014 Wind Racer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $50. Sourced from Piner Vineyard, originally planted in 1996 to a mix of clones. Located in West Santa Rosa in a slightly cooler area that receives lingering fog. Well-drained Huichica loam soils. Clones 115, Pommard, 23, 2A and 777. 100% de-stemmed, 70% whole berries retained, 3 to 5-day cold soak, inoculated and native malolactic fermentation. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 35% new. · Moderate ruby red color in the glass. Vibrant aromas of Bing cherry, bay leaf, and fertile earth. Modest in weight, with an earth-toned flavor of black cherry. Silky in the mouth, with an oak driven riff of dark chocolate and noticeable length on the finish. Still solid when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 90. Reviewed May 7, 2017

Winery: WindRacer Wines
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines