This medium-to-deep ruby, well-priced Pinot offers nice aromas of black cherries, tree bark, clove and dried herbs. It is medium-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity and medium-weight, somewhat edgy tannins. Listed as 14.3%, the wine's alcohol stays in check as long as the serving temperature remains in the 55-60°F range. The flavors are black fruit-dominated but unfortunately fade a bit on the middle palate. The wine concludes with a short-to-medium length finish. While certainly having many merits, this Pinot Noir suffers in the middle and on the back end. Drink now-2017.
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(Alta Maria Pinot Noir) Black-tinged dark cherry red color; grenadine syrup, tart cherry, dark spice, dried cherry, tart black cherry nose; tight, tasty, medium bodied, tart cherry, tart black cherry, raspberry syrup, grenadine syrup, baking spice palate; medium-plus finish (14.3% alcohol; 15% whole cluster; 11 months in barrel)
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