2004 Navarro Mendocino County Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., $16. Sourced from several local family owned vineyards. Fashioned in the same manner as the winery's more complex bottling labeled as "Deep End," and is aged 10 months in French oak. · A very stylish effort from a consistent and highly respected Anderson Valley producer. The wine is like a teddy bear: soft, cuddly, and comfortable with no hard edges. The aromas are dreamy with plenty of cherry, strawberry and vanilla evident. The Pinot fruits are presented with delicacy, and the finish, while not lingering, has brisk acidity. A steal at this price. Reviewed September 5, 2006

Winery: Navarro Vineyards