2005 Radio-Coteau - Pinot Noir Alberigi 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($45) Medium red. Spicy and intensely floral nose shows energetic red berry aromas and a suave mineral quality. Silky in texture, with bright raspberry and strawberry flavors gently braced by soft acids. Finishes long, spicy and refreshingly brisk. Sussman advises that "this will really sing with six months in the bottle," as it has never seen much air.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Burghound | Rating: 91

(from Russian River Valley fruit - 390 cases produced and bottled at 14.4%; $45) A ripe yet elegant nose emphasizing spicy red berry aromas that lead to moderately robust, sweet and mouth coating flavors that possess ample dry extract that lends a real sense of texture and depth, particularly on the long and sappy finish. There is a trace of warmth that comes up as the serving temperature rises so be sure to keep the wine cool. Excellent juice crafted in a lush but serious style as this will certainly be capable of aging.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 28 Burghound Selection Outstanding

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The 2005 Pinot Noir Alberigi exhibits medium ruby color, gamey, earthy, allspice notes, with some sassafras and red currant nuances. Medium-bodied, it has crisp acidity, a sweet, savory mid-palate, and a fine finish.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Offers a mix of delicate cherry and raspberry flavors, with more prominent mineral and pebble notes. The tannins lay out a nice baseline, ending with a dry, dusty aftertaste. 390 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: Spank
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/23/2010
Still could use a little more bottle time. Very straight forward Pinot, however. Showing well. Full fruit flavors most of the red varietal...very bright.

Average rating: 90, based on 5 reviews
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534 bottles owned by 258 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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