Jancis Robinson, June 2015

“Freestone and Occidental – Ripening on the Edge” by Elaine Chukan Brown
Tasting Article – June 1st, 2015

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‘The edge’, Duncan Arnot Meyers tells me, ‘is where you get more detail. The fabric gets woven tighter.’ Meyers is explaining how he views the effects of a cool climate on grape development. For Meyers, and his Arnot-Roberts winery partner Nathan Roberts, grapes grown at the edge of ripening are more desirable. ‘In a cooler site’, Meyers explains, ‘you’re actually going to have more colour concentration, and more flavour concentration.’ For winemakers focused on the West Sonoma Coast, what draws them is the flavour concentration and structural density offered by a climate at the edge of ripeness.”

Alma Fria, Doña Margarita Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Sonoma Coast:

With perfume verging on incense, the Doña Margarita Pinot is all about mixed floral aromatics with a touch of musk and hint of redwood forest. There is a sense of delicacy through a still concentrated palate. Pert acidity, resolved tannin, and ultra-long finish. Drink now. (ECB)