VML 2013 Pinot Noir, Limited Release, Russian River Valley
VML stands for Virginia Marie Lambrix and her winery in the Russian River Valley is dedicated to producing superb Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This Limited Release Pinot is made from grapes sourced from the heart of the Green Valley and the VML estate Floodgate property a few miles southeast of the winery. After a cold soak the grapes fermented in open top stainless steel tanks that allow hand punch downs. It was pressed off into casks where aged for 9 months in French oak; 40% new, 30% once used and 30% neutral barrels. Wine Spectator said "Fans out to a broad, fleshy expanse of dried fruit flavors, with plum, cherry and blueberry notes that are delicate and understated, yet persistent. Drink now."