2013 Sonnet Tondre’s Grapefield Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $45. Harvest Brix 26.0º. 98% Pommard, 2% 948. Proprietary Assmanshausen yeast ferment. Aged 16 months in tight grain Hungarian oak barrels, 35% new, with lees stirring during malolactic fermentation. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Clean aromas of purple grapes, dark cherries, and brown baking spices. Nicely composed, with a ripe fruited tone, featuring flavors of black cherry, blackberry and toasty oak in a middleweight style with good length. The gorgeous velvety mouthfeel says, “Drink me!” Score: 93. Reviewed February 26, 2016

Winery: Sonnet Wine Cellars
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Wines