2009 Ulises Valdez Lancel Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $60. Pommard and 777 clones. Aged in 40% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Primarily oak-driven aromas with subtle notes of dark fruits. Intensely fruity featuring blackberries and black plum flavors with an underpinning of dark chocolate, offering an appealing plush velvet mouth feel. A little softer and more gentle than the 2008 Silver Eagle Pinot Noir. Still a bit rugged and tannic and needs more time in bottle to mellow. Well-crafted in its style. Good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012

Winery: Valdez Family Winery
From article: Tasting Pinot with Plenty of Noir