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the pickIn the heart of the Russian River Valley, the Alberigi Vineyard, sourced exclusively by Radio-Coteau and farmed organically, lies on a stretch of Vine Hill Road renowned for its Goldridge soils. A jewel of the growing season, the 2014 vintage of Alberigi Pinot Noir was fermented with 15% whole cluster and spent 17 months in just under a half new French oak. We are judicious with how much new wood we use, as we prefer to showcase the fruit and site. When a wine warrants it, such as the 2014 Alberigi with her strong independent essence, the fruit and wood components dance seamlessly. Add to this a diverse selection of clones, and the 2014 Alberigi will age well for another decade.

The 2014 Alberigi Russian River Valley Pinot Noir shows rich carmine in the glass with a deep core. The nose tends to be tight at first so ample time to open the bottle and allow it to breathe is suggested. Patience will be rewarded a lovely potpourri of fruit and spice emerges. High-toned red fruits with blueberries and fresh Navel oranges mingle with dried rose petals, white pepper and sandalwood. The surprisingly lithe entry gently gives way to a distinctive flavor of dried figs crushed in fresh cherry juice. The tannins support the wine as the seductive acidity ties everything together.

RELEASED: Spring 2016

 
   

GROWERS:

Paul Donaldson
APPELLATION:
Russian River Valley
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Vine Hill Road, Sebastopol
VARIETAL:
Pinot Noir
SELECTION:
777, 114, 115
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 2001
SOIL TYPE:
Goldridge
HARVEST DATE:
August 23rd
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 

VINOUS MEDIA, February 2016
94 points
“The 2014 Pinot Noir Alberigi presents the more savory, structured side of Russian River Pinot. Graphite, smoke, savory herbs and bright, salivating acidity are the signatures, while the fruit is pushed more into the background. Underlying veins of acidity give the Alberigi its drive, brightness and intensity. Although quite pretty today, the 2014 could use at least another year in bottle.” —Antonio Galloni

 

 
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