Alexander Valley isn't the heart of pinot country by any means, but in cool years like pinot can do decently. This overachieves, to the point that it shocked all of us hardened, stubborn, snobby wine vets. Even Jim Barr liked it (no word from Anderson yet though). The rosemary, Rainer cherry and white raspberry aromas that burst from the glass are the first indication that this is something special. Vibrant flavors abound here with rhubarb, strawberry and sweet backyard-grown cherry tomatoes fleshing out a tangy finish. Take advantage.
Bright ruby color. Blackberries and wild strawberries are the dominant aromas along with faint aromas of clove, cocoa, and vanilla. On the pallet, flavors of fresh plum and black cherry are framed with a supple mouthfeel and light tannins. The abundance of fruit is balanced by the pleasant French oak influence. The combination of soft tannins and intense fruit provides a finished mouth-feel that is delicate and velvety
Long, warm summer days and cool evenings during grape maturation along with limiting the crop in the 5 acre block situated on the Alexander Valley Vineyards property, has unquestionably produced a Pinot Noir which is abundant in the classic Pinot aromas and flavors. Cold soaking; two pump overs a day during fermentation; plus the use of the two different yeast strains enhanced the aroma and flavor.
Wine: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2001 Appellation: Alexander Valley Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir Barrel Regimen: 100% French Oak, 25% New Bottling Information: Cases Produced 3300 Release Date 9/1/2002 Analysis: Alcohol (by volume) 13.3% pH 3.4 Acid 0.58 R.S. 0
Serve with roasted leg of lamb or pork tenderloin with cherry sauce.