2016 Small Vines Estate Cuvée Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.53, 383 cases, $65. The proprietor’s blend from Baranoff, Fassler, MK and TBH vineyards, all organically farmed by Small Vines Viticulture, Inc. All dry-farmed fruit. Pommard, “828,” 943, 459, and Dijon 113, 114, 115, 667, 777 and 943. 100% free run. 50% whole cluster. Aged 17 months on fine lees in French oak barrels, 20% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. A melange of red and blue fruits with a note of nutty nougat and pine show up on the inviting nose and the mid weight plus styled palate. A grand attack of black cherry goodness continues through a long finish glamorized with a haunting black cherry fragrance. The wine is well-structured and energized with good acidity predicting age ability. Score: 92. Reviewed December 11, 2018

Winery: Small Vines Wines
From article: Pinot Trail Diaries