USA, Pinot Noir, Thomas George Estates, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2012

N/ Pure cherry, black cherry, black tea, bacon, game, sage, taffy, crushed flint, and forest floor notes. Lovely.

T/ Medium mouthfeel. Cherry, black cherry, and game notes are framed by medium acidity. Clean mineral and organic Earth flavors.

Delivers a well-made Russian River Valley pinot noir at a lower price point than most. Only detraction is a light metallic note that seemed to dissipate with time.

Price = $43

N = A-
T = B+
I = B
Overall = B+

This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

From the winery…

“Founded in 2008, Thomas George Estates Winery is an artisan Russian River Valley producer of small lot, vineyard designated wines with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Thomas George Estates is run by the father-and-son team of Thomas and Jeremy Baker—who have dedicated themselves to establishing a world-class winery focused on site-specific Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays grown in the cool heart of the Russian River Valley. The essence of our winemaking philosophy is to respect and reflect in our wines their vineyard, varietal and vintage. To realize this vision, the Baker family has assembled an estate vineyard program that includes four distinct and coveted vineyards—Baker Ridge, Starr Ridge, Cresta Ridge and Sons & Daughters Ranch. Offering a diversity of microclimates, soil types, exposures, vine age and clonal material, these exceptional vineyard sites provide Thomas George Estates with a complex palette of fruit from which to craft its limited-production wines. These artisan wines are handmade in small lots in a style that emphasizes balance, brightness and terroir-inspired sophistication.”

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