International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91($39) Bright red. Alluring aromas of red berries, cherry, potpourri and sandalwood. Zesty white pepper and mineral notes come up with air, adding vivacity to the sweet red fruit preserve flavors. Dusty tannins add spine and back-end grip but don't distract from the fruit. The floral and exotic spice notes repeat strongly on the finish, which is sweet, focused and very long.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2009
Burghound | Rating: 89A pungently floral and herbal red berry fruit nose introduces intense, full and concentrated middle weight flavors that display a distinct vegetal character that I find adds complexity but for those who prefer very ripe pinot may find this character to be more than they care for. The finish is lingering, dusty and mouth coating with no evident warmth. In sum, this is a serious pinot built to age and it needs it as the longer this was open, the tighter it became rather than the reverse.Drink Dates: 2014+Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 3rd Quarter, 2009
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91Under the second label, Alesia, the Alesia 2007 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (400 cases) displays stylish raspberry and cherry notes intermixed with some forest floor and autumnal vegetal characteristics. The wine has beautiful purity, medium body, and a long finish. This should turn out to be outstanding when released in a year.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 90Clearly needs some time....Author: MJM
Self | Rating: 89Dark, brooding fruit. Missing some of the sonoma flavor profileAuthor: Patrick
Self | Rating: 90GF reported that this wine is delicious. A good start. Thought it was a solid pinot.Author: Charley
Self | Rating: 92slightly ripe in the beginning. quite tannic, however great mineral after tasteAuthor: Seaway J
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.
Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from , where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include , , , and .
New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in , particularly and , and top producers include , , and .
High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 470 bottles owned
- 92 collectors
- Average collector rating: 90
(Out of 92 collectors)