2009 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • rhanke wrote: 92 points

    November 18, 2018 - Slight raspberry and cheery. Likes the aroma.

  • aaronfeigin Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 19, 2016 - This Pinot is simply beautiful. Lots of dark cherries and menthol, it is very much the earthier side of Pinot. I opened and left in the cellar for a few hours and then took it out about 2 hours before I poured it. So enjoyable. Looking forward to the last 4 bottles that I will drink over the next 2 -3 years.

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  • missionpk wrote:

    January 26, 2016 - Very different from the other Alfaro Pinots I've had. Agree with GTFREEK that this edges toward Syrah. Agree with RJ that this edges towards ripe and baked. Putting this off to the side for a day or two and will try again and re-evaluate.

    UPDATE: After a couple days, this had settled down into a wine that is not unpleasant. Still just barely Pinot and very different from other Alfaros, but I can't deny that it is a relatively good big wine.

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  • zinfomaniac Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 3, 2014 - Beautiful crimson red in the glass, wonderful spice filled nose, intensely but yet restrained mocha raspberry cherry with a lengthy silken finish. This is really coming on.

  • GTFreek wrote:

    June 19, 2013 - Vineyard south of Santa Cruz, 3 miles inland of Monterrey Bay. Lots of fog there. Nose on this juuumps out, this is big CA style. I might peg this as Syrah up front but then the tannins aren't there for that. Light tannins behind the fruit. Very forward in a delicious way. Dark fruit, blackberries, maybe blue fruit. Not Burgundian style. Crowd pleaser if they're looking for that style. 144 cases produced.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159 (link)

    (Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/1/2012 (link) 91 points

    (Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard) Medium ruby color; ripe cherry, baked cherry, baking spice nose; baked cherry, baking spice, baked raspberry palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/23/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard) Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; tart cherry nose; appealing, tart cherry, floral palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/28/2010 (link) 89 points

    (Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard) Barrel sample - opaque dark cherry red color; berry, cherry nose; tart cherry, tart red fruit palate with good acidity; medium finish 89-91 pts. (recently completed malo, a year or more away from bottling; Dijon 667 & 115, with some whole cluster)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Big Basin Vineyards
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Alfaro Family Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 27 (24%)
  • Consumed 86 (76%)

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