International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($50) Deep, saturated red. Captivating aromas of cherry and blackberry preserves, gingerbread and dried flowers. Fleshy dark berry flavors are framed by silky tannins and given lift by tangy minerals. There's more grip here than with the Neblina, and greater finishing power too. It also seems younger. I was reminded of Morey-Saint-Denis by this wine.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2009
Burghound | Rating: 90A highly expressive, even perfumed nose of red berry and pinot fruit that is overtly ripe and tinged with a background note of wood spice that is picked up by the rich, delicious, voluminous and naturally sweet big-bodied flavors that possess good depth and length though the finish is presently a bit edgy though it carries its alcohol with limited if not invisible warmth. This is delicious and fashioned in a robust and powerful style that is perhaps a bit less elegant than usual but for fans of focused and balanced power pinot that avoids the extremes of the genre, this will work well.Drink Dates: 2013+Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 3rd Quarter, 2009
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Firm and complex, with a streak of mineral and graphite joining the earthy cherry and berry notes. Full-bodied, with tight tannins.Drink Dates: 2009- 2013Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91The 2007 Pinot Noir Alberigi is a big, powerful style of Pinot, showing some spicy oak, rich, chocolaty, black cherry and raspberry notes, deep, full-bodied, muscular flavors, and moderate tannin. This is pretty impressive stuff that should improve with another year or so of bottle age and last for up to a decade.Drink Dates: 2010- 2020Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 90Author: Jam02110
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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
- 120 bottles owned
- 45 collectors
- Average collector rating: 90
(Out of 45 collectors)