09 Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir ($42) ☺☺☺☺

Craig Strehlow has the luxury of being able to use some of the best fruit in the Russian River Valley. Keefer Ranch supplies fruit many of the leading Pinot Producers (Kosta Browne, Siduri, Freeman and Loring to name  few) and you can see why when you open this home produced bottle. The nose instantly reminds you of sweet cherries and hints of cola and plums. After decanting and tasting there is just beautiful smooth tannins and ripe sweet cherries and strawberries and did I get a hint of perfume in there?  A nice long finish means that this wine is enjoyable from start to finish. The 09 is all sold out now but the 2010 is just being produced. Make sure you get yours on order before it all goes. (I have !)

© John Holmes 2014