Banshee Pinot Noir
The Tina Marie vineyard sits on just under ten beautifully manicured acres west of Graton, CA. Farmed by Ron Black, it is a high density planting with three clonal selections and meticulous vineyard practices. While other wineries who source from here label the wine as Russian River Valley, we choose to categorize ours as Sonoma Coast (both are permitted) because stylistically, we find ours has more in common with the racy, filigreed examples that the coast allows. Tightly wound and lively, the coiled nose hints at kirsch, black plums, red vines and baking spices. Echoing some of the aromatic elements, the entry leads to lush notes of raspberry, orange, sassafras and tea with a subtle wood framing. There is a lot of extra verve under the hood of this wine, very giving with a round, ample tannin profile.