Cherry Pie Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2013


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2012 was an almost perfect year for Pinot Noir, with only a few minor heat spikes and a long dry fall. The fruit came in absolutely beautiful. We carefully choose the blocks to ferment in micro-lots to isolate the individual flavors and aromas. This wine was mainly fermented in 500 liter French Oak Puncheons with hand punch downs. A portion was aged in stainless and the balance (majority) was aged in the same puncheons the wine was fermented in that very year. The wine was never racked or filtered, and rested on gross lees the entire aging period.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Carneros
Brand Cherry Pie
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Wine AdvocateThe 2013s mirror the personalities of the 2012s, but the 2013 Cherry Pie Stanly Ranch displays slightly more intense fruit and lushness than its older counterpart. It should be drunk between 2015 and 2020.

Robert Parker, August 2015
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Wine SpectatorShows a spicy, savory, cedary oak edge amid the ripe cherry and wild berry flavors. Firm without being overdone, showing good intensity. Ends clean and complex. Drink now through 2018. 6,000 cases made.

James Laube, 2016