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ALDEN ALLI PINOT NOIR, CAMPBELL VINEYARD, SONOMA COAST 2016
NVWE Notes: This new label is named for the wives of famous chef Emeril Lagasse and celebrated winemaker Dan Kosta. It opens as a portrait of structured, age-worthy Pinot Noir, yet emerges with airing as an immediately appealing and notably complex dinner wine. The nose, at once elegant, restrained and firm, offers coiled aromas of red plum, boysenberry, lingonberry, cherry compote, pink rose, dried orange peel. star anise and coriander seed. There is equal depth, yet greater energy on the palate, where flavors of black cherry, cherry pit, lingonberry, pomegranate, Santa Rosa plum tart, pink rose, pink peppercorn, toffee and hazelnut husk rise above sharper flinty undercurrents. The finish is juicy, lingering and full of polished grip. As fine as it already is, this beauty may improve for five to eight more years. 94 cases made.
Medium ruby colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch features black fruit on the nose with nuances of red berries, cola, forest floor and earth. Medium-bodied with dark fruits and spices in the mouth, it's framed by grainy tannins and has a lingering juicy finish. 94 cases were made. Drink Date 2019 - 2024. Erin Brooks 30th Apr 2019