2013 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.67, 539 cases, $70. Released September 2015. Sourced from several blocks of the 128-acre Rochioli Vineyard, planted in 1974, 1995 and 2000. Some of the vines come from cuttings taken from the original “mother” block planted in 1968. 100% de-stemmed, 5 to 7-day cold soak, 10 to 15-day extended post-fermentation maceration, inoculated for malolactic fermentation and racked into 40% new French oak barrels for 14 months of barrel aging on the primary lees. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The aroma of freshly baked Bing cherry pie bring the taste buds to attention. Delicious mid weight cherry core augmented by vibrant acidity. Rather elegant and lighter in this vintage, with interesting riffs of spice, dried herbs, and floral goodness. Very silky in the mouth, with a juicy finish. The pedigree of the vineyard shows through in this gorgeous wine. Score: 93. Reviewed January 17, 2016

Winery: Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir