2008 Merryvale Pinot Noir "Stanly Ranch"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Stanly Ranch"
Wine Category: Pinot Noir
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 277
KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: May 20, 2010
Wine Review: This black cherry colored Pinot took a little while to fully open up, but when it did, the panel really enjoyed it. It opens with a mild red raspberry and black tea like bouquet with just a little bit of heat detected. On the palate, it is medium bodied, balanced, and shows pleasant acidity. The flavor profile is a blend of black cherry and black raspberry with lots of spice and black pepper. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are dusty and linger a bit. The panel would pair this Pinot with Steak au poivre or venison sausage. Enjoy – KWGTP
Winemaker Notes: Our 2008 Estate Pinot Noir shows notes of perfumy fruit (cherry, wild strawberry) that is accentuated with vanilla bean and spice (clove and star anise). A soft, supple and round entry, leads to a richly textured and silky mid-palate. Layers of complex fruit and oak notes are woven together, and the wine finishes with a seamless, lengthy finish. The wine will improve for five to seven years.
Organic status: not organic
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