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PinotFile: 2013 Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir Scores 93 Points

Medium reddish purple hue in the glass. A high-class wine that offers appealing aromas of cherries, dried rose petal and spice. Mid weight flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, spice and earth are very polished. The fruit fills the mouth with layers of goodness, and persists through a satisfying oak-kissed black cherry finish. Great harmony in this wine that has the structure and balance to age. Even better the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle.

13.8% alc., pH 3.86, TA 0.50, 475 cases, $70. Harvest Brix 22.7º-23.0º. Reuling “L” clone 60% whole cluster, Calera clone 30% whole cluster, and Reuling “R” clone 30% whole cluster. No cold soak. The 3 clones were fermented in separate tanks. 100% native yeasts. Aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new.

Score: 93