The 2009 Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard shows gorgeous up-front richness, much of which comes from the Dijon clones. Dark cherries, flowers menthol, licorice and violets come together nicely in this juicy, ripe Pinot. The 2009 was fermented with 10% whole clusters and aged for 16 months in French oak, 50% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Vivid red. Sexy red fruits and Asian spices on the nose, with deeper notes of cola and mocha adding complexity. Sappy and intensely fruity, with very good depth and clarity to its raspberry and cherry compote flavors. The sweet finish shows strong spicy cut. Blends opulence with vivacity and offers plenty of immediate appeal, but this wine is balanced to age.
Big Basin's Pinots are as a group more geared to ripeness and richness than prettified delicacy, and this very bold, full-bodied effort goes right to the point. It is weighty and slightly thick on the palate, yet it tastes specifically of Pinot Noir, and, while it may be too much of a good thing when set alongside lighter dishes, it is deep and tasty and will make a fine foil to hearty roasts and stews.
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