2006 Lafond Winery & Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 3,544 cases. $19 ($26 at winery). 92% Lafond Vineyard, 8% Arita Hills Vineyard. 6 different Pinot Noir clones. Aged in 25% new French oak. The winemaker is Bruce McGuire. · Really charming aromatics featuring bright cherry, Indian spices and a hint of pepper building in intensity in the glass. The attack leads with a full-on charge of tart cherry fruit that is fresh and satisfying. The tannins are fine and supple and the finish leaves a lingering berry-toned aromatic impression. Beautifully balanced and tres Pinot. The best wine among the under $20 recession-busting Pinots tasted. Reviewed November 17, 2008

Winery: Lafond Winery & Vineyards
From article: California Recession-Busting Pinots