The fruit has tamed down a bit and while I thought that would be a good thing, I am not quite sure. Don't get me wrong, this is still wonderful, but it lacks a tiny bit of intrigue compared to the last bottle. Maybe the difference between a second date and a third: still fun, but a little of the luster has worn off. thedrunkencyclist.com
Much bigger and bolder than I thought it would be. Dark color, rich deep red fruit. So big and rich that I wonder if there is not a touch of Syrah in here? Certainly a new world style of Pinot. Having said al of that, I really liked this wine. A lot. the big fruit was nicely balanced with the acidity, leading to an above average finish. Worked well with the spaghetti carbonara and on its own. thedrunkencyclist.com
Very closed on the nose and palate after 45 minutes of decanting. Then opened up quickly showcasing earthy spice, dark raspberry and slight cola, cool air and mushroom, with a touch of peat smoke. Medium body, a little hot, good acidity, light fruit, yet still has some depth and complexity. Next bottle in 6 months.
Leans more towards the earthy, cinnamon side of the varietal. Everything is in good balance, and avoids both the overly ripe and the overly tart Pinots often found in this region. Makes you reach for another glass.
Great sipping with burgers during a magical evening with friends in which we all simply needed to decompress. The wine was a great partner in this purpose. David's comments about the wine: more earthy than fruity, but smooth across my palate; the wine remained balanced through the bottle. Jeff's comments: Ditto, and I would add that the dark cherry and black currant was deeper than I expected in a Pinot. Love, love, love this wine -- and much of that has to do with the people who made it and the people with whom I shared this bottle.
Raspberry fruit, some reductive on the palate, a bit of a hard touch. Smokey. Just opened. Maybe it broadens? Well, after a strong shake I would say its definately your BBQ Pinot Noir for the season. Lots of stems? What is giving it that flavor?
Was able to taste this close enough in time to an ABC 2007 Estate Bottled Knox Alexander PN, so I can do a comparison. This was less aromatic relative to the ABC, no spice-box effusion. Light fruit, light tannins, moderate finish. Seems not to be as ripe as the ABC from the Santa Maria Valley. Although both are more Oregonian than Cali, less ripe than typical Cali PNs, pass on this, grab the ABC, while they last.
Auction Dinner - Course 6. This was the alternate pairing for the Chilean Sea Bass with Mango Salsa (for those who wanted red wine). Not a perfect pairing to be sure, but it held its own. The subtlety of flavors in the food were complimented by the layers of flavors in the wine. The wine is fruity and ripe. It is a bit reserved or restrained at the same time. A bit more earthiness than I expected, but it does draw deep from the soil of Santa Rita Hills. Nice reactions from the guests, there is much to love about this wine.
I was disappointed with this one. First day was just really closed and hard, but I resealed (It's screwcapped.) and refrigerated. Had opened a bit 2nd day and showed much better for a while, but then just fell apart before even finishing a full glass. Had a very narrow window of non-disjointedness.
19.99 as PLCB Chairman's Selection. Fine AVA for Pinot from a very good year. Medium garnet and no real nose, although drunk from bad stems at BYOB. Some light cherry with earth, cola and a degree of minerality. Would have liked a liitle more fruit. Hint of tannin. Decent, but won't run back for more.
Clear with medium deep garnet color, Nose dominated by fruit, herbs and oak. Medium to high acid levels with medium body. Palate is in line with nose with dark cherries, herbs and hints of cola...This seemed out of balance, slightly closed, and angular. Wondering if things will come together with some bottle age or more air time. Least impressive of 5 Alma Rosa Pinots tasted at winery
This was $20 at the PLCB. Worth the price. Dark color. Nose of a bit of red cherry, oak and a bit of heat. Tannic with some heat with red fruit aspects. Wish it were a bit more complex. Screw top and 14.5% alc.
Fairly dark red for Pinot, pink at the edges. Cherries, Hatch chilis, mushrooms, and cellar floor funkiness on the nose. Tastes of cherries, strawberries followed by raspberry. Soft tannins, nice acid, a tiny tad on the hot side at finish. Not incredibly complex, but enough going on to be very enjoyable.
Bought this wine as I have very good memories from visiting the winery last summer. This one is considerably darker on the nose than the one tasted last year (I believe that was the 2005). Some spice and dark cherries on the nose. With air the raspberries come to the front. More opulent than elegant, yet there is an appealing coolness to it. The alcohol (14,5%) is evident but not a problem. Not very complex, but still fine for an entry level pinot. The fruit is the point here. On the palate there are more raspberries. Not the most concentrated of wines, and with surprisingly smooth tannins, but there is a nice acidic grip in the finish. Some heat and a touch of bitterness in the finish is negative, but still this is not bad for the price. The nose is best though.