2013 Ken Brown Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.59, 787 cases, $35. A blend of grapes from multiple vineyards in Santa Barbara County with nearly half from Rio Vista Vineyard. 100% de-stemmed, pre-fermentation cold soak, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Promiscuous aromas of dark, earthy cherry, red licorice, spice and a hint of smoke are the best feature of this wine. A light to mid weight offering that has enough earthy cherry flavor to satisfy, although the mid palate wants for more intensity. Forward drinking, with modest tannins, a compliment of oak, and a cherry-fueled finish that is not particularly long, but flavorful. Score: 89. Reviewed November 22, 2015

Winery: Ken Brown Wines
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir