2015 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.36, TA 0.69, 391 cases, $80. Released February 2018 after one year in bottle. Sourced from the Allen and Rochioli vineyards that are located on opposite sides of Westside Road. Both sites are farmed by the Rochioli family. Primarily Pommard selection from Allen Vineyard (both old vines planted in 1974 and newer vines planted in 1996) with the remainder Pommard from Rochioli Vineyard. Grapes harvested in cool morning hours, 85% destemmed, and fermented in open-top tanks after a 6-day cold soak. 10-15 days of extended maceration followed primary fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 40% new, on primary lees for 16 months. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Highly aromatic over time in the glass, with scents of crushed Bing cherry and seasoned oak. Light to mid weight in style, with a vibrant and sustaining cherry core. Elegantly composed, with a sleek and soft mouth feel, a noticeable citric acid underpinning, and a long cherryimbued finish. This wine is more lean and gentle with less ripened fruit in this vintage. Score: 92. Reviewed April 14, 2018

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
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