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"Sweet and outgoing in scent with a lightly brushy overlay to its essential themes of ripe cherries, this clean, softly textured, mid-sized Pinot keys again on cherries in the mouth and finishes on a welcome note of snappy acidity. A useful wine with chicken, lighter pork or richer seafood fare, it looks to be at its top form while still young." --Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

2002 Pinot Noir

Mendocino Ridge

Estate bottled

.61 T.A., 3.72 pH

14.1% alcohol

100% French oak

Barrel aged 8 months

Suggested cellaring: up to 3 years

Bottled August 26, 2003

Released January 1, 2005

600 cases produced






Gold, Mendocino County Fair

Silver, Pacific Rim International

Silver, Orange County Fair

Bronze, Los Angeles County Fair

Bronze, San Francisco International

Bronze, New World International

Bronze, West Coast International

Bronze, California State Fair

Bronze, Riverside International