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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
*Current Release*

 
   

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

 

 

 
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