2003 McHenry Estate Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 172 cases, $19.50. This wine was aged for nearly two years in Francois Freres oak barrels and a year in bottle before release. · The winemaker, Henry McHenry said it best: “A delicate and graceful wine with a soft fruit scent. It has a velvet texture and reminds one of great Volnay in its tenderness, subtlety, and floweriness.” I just flipped over this as well as the 2004 vintage which has yet to be released. This is a perfect example of what Pinot Noir can be, but so rarely is. A lightly colored, elegant wine that is blessed with striking flavor and complexity. The price is just ridiculous considering the quality. Reviewed April 1, 2007

Winery: McHenry Vineyard
From article: On a High at Pinot Paradise Weekend