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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 2 
TypeRed
ProducerRadio-Coteau (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
Designationn/a
VineyardAlberigi
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Radio Coteau Pinot Noir Alberigi on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 19 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by gesusser on 4/19/2015 & rated 92 points: One hour decant 1 st nite allowed this to open and enjoy a glass...on 3rd night we finished bottle, smooth fruity Pinot that went very well with food (212 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 1/23/2015 & rated 92 points: Delicious tart red cherry and raspberries on the nose and palate with spice notes finishing with quite vibrant acidity. (476 views)
 Tasted by DougLee on 12/6/2014 & rated 88 points: a bit cloying (621 views)
 Tasted by huevosconvino on 10/14/2014: Austere, nose of cranberry at first; decanted for nearly 2 hours before trying again. Burgundian in style, very nice and focused with red fruit dominant. Big crowd pleaser. (696 views)
 Tasted by Lakewine23 on 7/25/2014 & rated 92 points: amazing Pinot!! (859 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 2/15/2014 & rated 91 points: Similar to my note of 1/13/2014. (1345 views)
 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 1/16/2014: Blind wines (very brief notes) (Granby, CT): I enjoyed this more than the Anthill, though that may have been a minority opinion. Quite young, with time needed to let the tannin settle, but very good, with dark cherries, spice, herbs. (1232 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 1/13/2014 & rated 91 points: Ditto my note of 12/24/2013 re the aromas and flavor. But, I got a lot more intensity and richness in the fruit this time. Possible, bottle variation. (1130 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 12/24/2013 & rated 89 points: Medium ruby color. Initially, some orange peel on the nose, which blew off as the temperature increased from cellar temp. Then, aromas of raspberry, hints of strawberry, rose petal, spice, some herbs, brown sugar and vanillin oak. Similar flavors, except the brown sugar is absent. Tannins are not yet resolved, leaving a notable acidic sting across the top of the tongue. Not real big fruit, but an appreciable wine in its own right. A lot better with food. A medium slightly tannic finish. I expected more, given Tanzer's eval. Hopefully, the wine may show better when the tannins become more resolved. Needs more time for development. (969 views)
 Tasted by crazedmountainbiker on 3/13/2013 & rated 92 points: missus loved it and when mama's happy....I would have given it a 91 but bumped it the extra point for mama. orange notes dissipated somewhat on 2nd night (1572 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 2/15/2013: Slow-O 4 hours, served non-blind. Much more akin to a SV Rochioli than a KB, which was a very welcome surprise. My first time with this wine, but hopefully not my last. Medium (+) garnet, clear. Beautifully full aromas of raspberry, cherry, clove, tomato leaf and brown spices. Light, but powerful with an attractive mid-palate and very fresh acids. A rather complete package and one that caught the attention of all at the dinner. If you're a fruit bomb lover, stay away. Classy, and highly recommended, 13,6% abv, drink thru 2020 (1588 views)
 Tasted by pkbackman on 12/10/2011 & rated 89 points: Very good, but expected a more vibrant flavor profile. It was solid though, just not a lot of pizazz for the price (2993 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 12/4/2011 & rated 91 points: There's a lot here to like but the orange peel aromas and flavors were overly dominant for me at this point which makes it hard to go nuts about the bottle I tasted from. (3271 views)
 Tasted by jtinto on 12/3/2011 & rated 92 points: I feel like this needs some bottle time. Lots of tension and a distinct orange note. Overall love the style of Pinot here and look forward to exploring this producer. 91-93 pts. (2903 views)
 Tasted by short and confused on 7/6/2011 & rated 95 points: Popped and poured at a dinner with lively conversation. No formal notes but just as good as before. (3025 views)
 Tasted by short and confused on 6/7/2011 & rated 95 points: Popped and poured. Bright ruby. Beautiful sweet nose of red and dark berries, flowers and spice. Juicy and sweet but well delineated. Typical cali pinot fruits including strawberry and black raspberrywith notes of vanilla, flowers and exotic spice. Very nice persitent finish. Best california pinot i have had in some time. (2976 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Sonoma...A Thrill a Minute (Jul 2013)
(Radio-coteau Pinot Noir Alberigi Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2011, Issue #44
(Radio-Côteau Vineyards Pinot Noir - Alberigi Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156
(Radio Coteau Pinot Noir Alberigi Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
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Radio-Coteau

Producer website

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County Vintners

Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

 
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