WSI 94: The 2014 is darker and richer than its predecessor. Intense aromas of toasted oats, red and black cherry, tea, sandalwood, and dried herbs leap from the glass. Black cherry, blackberry and raspberry flavors mix with hints of mushroom, coffee, and sweet toasted oak on the palate. Velvety smooth tannins mingle with flavors of Bing cherry and ripe strawberry on a mineral laced finish that is held together with lively acidity. Quite enjoyable now, but like all of the Spell single vineyard wines; designed to age. Drink now or over the next 10 years. 128 cases
The Umino Vineyard is owned and farmed by Dave Umino, a fifth generation Japanese American from a Central Valley farming family. After a career as a forensic metallurgist the vineyards replaced an old apple orchard in 1995. Planted to Pinot Noir Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 and 459 it is located southwest of Sebastopol at the top of Blucher Valley in what is unofficially referred to as the Sebastopol Hills of the Russian River Valley AVA. Cold maritime air funnels through the hills to moderate ripening of the fruit which produces wines of exceptional depth, concentration and character.