Maritana Vineyards Le Russe Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ cloudy rim and medium-plus intensity.

Strong nose of bing cherry, oak, licorice, blueberries, light earth, chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, licorice, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, earth, milk chocolate and black pepper.

Nice finish with spices and tangy cherries.

This is a good quality Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Very enjoyable on its own.

Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Exactly what you expect from a good Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

Well balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food.

Easy drinking with high alcohol, so watch out. Soft and elegant yet rich and engaging.

Would benefit from a few more years of bottle time.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

I preferred it with a light chill, and paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

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