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BIG BASIN PINOT NOIR, ALFARO VINEYARD, SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS 2013
A more pretty, elegant and seamless effort than the Lester Vineyard, the 2013 Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard is a rock star Pinot Noir that does everything right. Offering up classic red and black raspberry fruits, crushed flowers, peppery spice and wet rock like minerality, it's perfectly balanced on the palate, with a lively, ethereal texture, vibrant, yet integrated acidity and a great finish. This is pure class, and while it saw a similar level of whole cluster inclusion to the Lester Vineyard Pinot Noir, it's much more integrated here.
NVWE Notes: If delicious already, this Pinot Noir has a big future. It opens with a clearly youthful yet complex perfume of dried red cherry and red currant, strawberry cobbler, mulberry, mulling-spice, sumac berry, sandalwood, allspice, star anise and dry red rose scents. The savory elements expand on the palate, as cardamon, coriander, leather and pink peppercorn find harmony with the wines rich core of fresh cherry, bottled red cherry, blueberry and red raspberry fruit. The mid-palate texture is round and supple, while the bright, lingering finish is firmed by genteel tannins and drying mineral notes. Certain to improve for a minimum of three years, it would be delightful now with herb-roasted Guinea hen. 175 cases made.