Vivid ruby-red. Vibrant red and dark berries on the nose, with sexy Asian spices, fresh rose and bright minerality adding complexity. A silky, graceful midweight, offering vivid raspberry and floral pastille flavors and slow-building spiciness. Shows striking minerality and sappiness, finishing with outstanding clarity and persistence. (JR)
Aromas of ripe fruits verging on dried, with hints of earth and spices. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a mineral, hazelnut. Savory. Better in 2013.
The 2009 Pinot Noir Alegria Hilliard Bruce Vineyard is a soft, perfumed wine laced with red fruit, flowers, mint and spices. It shows lovely textural richness in an understated, feminine style. The sandy soils here yield a more fragrant style of Pinot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. I was blown away by the wines I tasted from Paul Lato. These are some of the most pure, thrilling wines being made in California today. The wines are available in a small number of high-end restaurants, including The French Laundry, or through the mailing list. For what it’s worth, I signed up right away. The Pinots are made from fully destemmed fruit, see a fairly lengthy cold soak of 7 days and are aged in 50-80% new oak. (AG)
A highly aromatic and perfumed nose of sandalwood, plum and ripe dark berries introduces rich, lush and overtly opulent flavors that possess plenty of volume before terminating in a dusty, mouth coating, intense and ever-so-mildly tangy finish where a noticeable touch of warmth appears. This is really quite pretty and if not especially complex, it is certainly delicious plus it should offer a few years of cellar potential.
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