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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. Working with this special site for 10 years, 2012 marks a decade’s worth of learning about the vineyard’s nuance, terroir, and personality. While balancing finesse and strength, yet remaining consistently feminine, the 2012 Alberigi was fermented with 15% whole cluster.

The 2012 Alberigi is cherry red with bright clarity. Fresh red fruits dominate the nose but flowers and spice are quick to vie for attention as well. The floral quality is particularly interesting. There is a tension here that speaks of more to come. The aromas that are present now: cherry, mixed berries, fall forest, candied fruit and wildflowers are all wound very tight and just hinting at themselves. The palate is also tightly knit. It is lightweight and pure yet strong and energetic as well. The tannins are elegant and the acid is acute. Balance and harmony are the key words for Alberigi this year. Expect this wine to enter a sweet spot in a year or two and stay there for 6 to 8 more.


Released: Spring 2014

 
   

GROWERS:

Paul Donaldson
APPELLATION:
Russian River Valley
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Vine Hill Road, Sebastopol
VARIETAL:
Pinot Noir
SELECTION:
Dijon 777, 115, 114
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 2001
SOIL TYPE:
Goldridge
HARVEST DATE:
September 9th - 12th
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 

STEVEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR,
May/June 2014
93 points
“Deep ruby. Raspberry liqueur, Asian spices, cola and smoky oak on the seductively perfumed nose. Shows a distinctly lively character, with spice-accented red fruit and floral pastille flavors that stretch out and deepen with air. Focused, minerally and pure on the finish, showing just a hint of dusty tannins. Nicely plays its oak component off of its fruit--and there are no rough edges to get in the way of enjoying this pinot right now.”— Josh Raynold
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