2006 Halleck Vineyards Clone 828 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 266 cases, $55. From grapes grown near Annapolis four miles from the Pacific Ocean. 30% new French oak (the usual regimen for Halleck Pinots). This clone is rarely bottled as a stand-alone wine and is a newer Dijon clone planted only in recent years in California. · The nose is rife with smoke, cigar box, and gingerbread. Soft, dark Pinot fruits including cassis and black raspberry, complimented by oak char and cookie dough create a feast of flavors. This wine is the darkest in nature of the lineup and the most unique. The tannins are reigned in but peak out at the finish and will soften with bottle age. Yummy. Reviewed March 17, 2008

Winery: Halleck Vineyard
From article: Open Your Wallet for Pinot Pleasure