2013 Gary Farrell Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.64, 588 cases, $60. Released February 2016. Sourced from the Bacigalupi‚Äôs Frost Ranch and Block 9 that is planted entirely to a Wente selection of Pinot Noir. Small % of whole clusters. 5 to 7-day cold soak, both punch downs and pump overs, 10 to 15-day extended post-fermentation extended maceration, aged 14 months on the primary lees in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. I was drawn to this wine immediately, with its forward aromas of perfectly ripe Bing cherries, cake spices and rose bush. A cherry bombast on the palate, with uncommon vivid and juicy character, flanked by integrated tannins. I was enamored by the freshness of this wine making it the best bottling of this vineyard designate to date in my opinion. Score: 93. Reviewed February 5, 2016

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