Final California Wine Reviews of 2016, Vol 10, Issue 44, December 2016

PINOT FILE
By Rusty Gaffney

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ARTICLE AT PINOT FILE

2014 Alma Fria Plural Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., 325 cases, $40. Native fermentation, aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 10% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting aromas of strawberry, cherry and the slightest oak. Light to mid weight flavors of black cherry, strawberry, baking spices and seasoning oak backed by integrated tannins and some noticeable intensity on the finish that has good cut. An early drinking wine with attractive finesse. Score: 89

2014 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., 140 cases, $62. Vineyard planted in 2002 in Annapolis at 700-800 feet elevation. 10% whole cluster. Native fermentation, aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. I really was intrigued with the nose that offered scents of cherry, blackberry, bourbon and spice box. Both fruity and savory on the palate in a middleweight style. Fruit flavors of black cherry and raspberry interplay with savory notes of forest and herbs. The wine becomes more expressive over time in the glass. Score: 92

2014 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 195 cases, $62. Vineyard planted in 2002 in Freestone at 400-625 feet elevation. 10% whole cluster. Native fermentation, aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of cherry, red berry, sandalwood and rose petal. Elegantly composed and nicely balanced, with light to mid weight flavors of cherry, grape, boysenberry, spice and cedary oak. Very giving now, with gossamer tannins and a finish filled with spiced fruit goodness. Score: 92

2014 Alma Fria Plural Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

13.5% alc., 175 cases, $40. Native fermentation. Aged 14 months in no new French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Very light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. The complex nose offers aromas of lemon, cut yellow apple, marzipan, vanilla creme and sawdust. Lush in the mouth yet rather delicate and easy going with a good cut of acidity well immersed. Flavors of citrus including grapefruit and lemon stand out. Score: 91