2009 Mercy Zabala Vineyard Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 91
A beautiful nose of cherry, ripe plum, spice and leather. Upon opening the palate is greeted with flavors of blueberry, cherry and plum with hints of raspberry. However, as the wine opens to its full potential the flavors move towards rich dark cherry and spice with notes of cola and earthiness. The long finish is complimented by balanced acidity and supple tannins.