2016 Cattleya Wines Cuvée Number One Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 112 cases, $50. Sourced from Lakeview Vineyard in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Pommard and clone 115 fermented in separate tanks. Aged in French oak barrels. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose elevates over time in the glass. reaching a crescendo with aromas of blackberry, cassis, spice, violets, vanilla and a hint of toasty oak. Mid weight plus in style, with an energetic attack of purple and black fruits with underpinnings of spice, earth and oak. Veers to ultra-ripeness but does not cross the line. The tannins are tucked in, the texture is refined and silky, and the finish is juicy. Still terrific when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. Reviewed June 9, 2018

Winery: Cattleya Wines
From article: Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay