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2007 Radio-Coteau - Pinot Noir Alberigi

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 92 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 153933-2007
  • 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 Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Burghound | Rating: 90

    A 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 Meadows
    Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2009
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Firm and complex, with a streak of mineral and graphite joining the earthy cherry and berry notes. Full-bodied, with tight tannins.
    Drink Dates: 2009- 2013
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 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- 2020
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Jam02110
Radio Coteau works exclusively with small, cool-climate vineyard sites in western Sonoma County. Winegrower Eric Sussman's first vintage at the helm was 2001, after spending the years prior gaining experience with organic winegrowing in Washington and French winemaking in Bordeaux and Burgundy. Learning from the masters at the Chateaux Baron Philippe de Rothschild in 1995 and Domaines Comte Armand and Jacques Prieur in 1996, Eric returned stateside with a strong commitment to producing wines with a true "sense of place." The winery crafts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel, primarily from designated sites.

See other similar producers:Black Kite Cellars,Williams Selyem Winery,Marcassin

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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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 Burgundy, 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 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

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 California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

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)