Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Alfaro Family "A" Estate Pinot Noir

Alfaro Family "A" Estate Pinot Noir 2011
Corralitos, Santa Cruz, California

Review: My dear husband brought me this wine back from a trip through central California. We're both big Pinot fans, and this wine was a huge hit. The "A" Pinot Noir has beautiful fruit flavors of strawberries and sweet red cherries, with nuances of vanilla and baking spice. Absolutely delicious.

The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine were sources from three vineyards within the Santa Cruz Mountain AVA, just north of Monterey Bay. They were then gently pressed and fermented with care. The wine then spent one year in French oak to soften and gain additional character. The "A" was bottled directly from the barrel, without being  fined or filtered. The result of this series of delicate treatments is divine -- a smooth, round, well balanced wine.

Food Pairing: Oh, anything. We paired this wine with... more of this wine.

Bottom Line:  I adore the flavors and textures of this wine. And the fact that the husband so thoughtfully brought it to me. A+!


Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Santa Cruz Mountain AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Pinot Noir
  • AGEING: 12 months in French oak barrels (30% new)
  • PRODUCTION: 474 cases produced
  • BOOZE: 13.6%
  • CELLAR: Drink now or age for up to 5 years
  • alfarowine.com/

Where did I get it? 'Twas a gift! 
What's the damage? High Priced (says the interwebs)

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