2012 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Alder Springs Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Mendocino County
Drink between 2015 - 2021 (Edit)
CT90.8 68 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 40

  • LotionInTheBasket Likes this wine:

    February 27, 2021 - Drinking quite well. Hour decant accompanying a meat heavy pizza and some side veggies. More like a meal than finger foods. This went well, acidity and fruit-wise. Looks pretty thick in the glass with a dense inky garnet. It comes across the palate lighter than that like a magic trick. Nose of cherries and pomegranate, a touch fruit-roll-up style fused with some vanilla, light earthiness, and a oh-so subtle waft of cola. Use a large glass and swirl away, there's more there for the indulgence. front palate comes with just-tart cherries brimming with a coat of raspberry underneath. Vanilla, some supple tannins in the texture as tart turns refreshing acidity towards the middle, fruit mellowing out; and then all kicking back in on a nice lengthy finish. A well done wine, great composition. Sitting on quite a bit of these, will pace well, can go some distance, however I think younger may be better than bleeding out/gambling on the last year of maturity.

  • AHolland wrote: 91 points

    October 9, 2020 - Fabulous. Light, mellow Pinot.

  • norsktorsk wrote: 92 points

    September 26, 2020 - This is quite nice. Did not have the sour cherry flavor of the last bottle.

  • norsktorsk wrote: 90 points

    September 23, 2020 - Nice structure however quite sour cherry like which I do not prefer.

  • wgmccallum Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 24, 2020 - Dusty roadside raspberries on the nose with an aromatic floral vinegar note. Salty dark fruit on the palate with a generous acid undertow moving into a sweet tannic floral finish. Lovely maturity and balance. Excellent with golden caramalized sesame tofu and bok choy.

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  • By Allen Meadows
    Jan-15, Issue #57 (link)

    (Alesia Vineyards Pinot Noir - Alder Springs Vineyard Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2014, Issue #52, This Summer’s Fine Lineup of Old School and Neo-Classical American Wines

    (Alesia “Alder Springs Vineyard” Pinot Noir (Mendocino)) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014) (link)

    (Alesia Pinot Noir Alder Springs Mendocino County) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/2/2014 (link) 91 points

    (Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Alder Springs Vineyard) Final blend pre-bottling: black-tinged very dark purple red violet color; tart berry, tart black cherry, reduction, violet nose; tight, structured, tart berry, tart black raspberry, violets palate with firm, sweet tannins; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish (13% alcohol; 15% whole cluster) 91-93 points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Rhys Alesia
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Alder Springs Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Mendocino County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 11 (1%)
  • In Cellars 511 (44%)
  • Consumed 649 (55%)

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