IWC May/June 2014

STEPHEN TANZER´S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR
By Josh Raynolds

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2012 Alma Fria Pinot Noir Dona Margarita Vineyard Sonoma Coast
90 pts.

Brilliant ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, spicecake and potpourri, with a smoky element building in the glass. Sappy raspberry and cherry flavors take a darker turn with air and pick up notes of anise, rose and cola. Supple tannins sneak in on the finish, which echoes the cola and floral notes.

2012 Alma Fria Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
88 pts.

Bright red. Spicy dark berries and cola on the deeply scented nose. Plush and appealingly sweet, offering juicy blackberry and peppery spice flavors lifted by tangy acidity. A licorice note comes up on the finish, which is firmed by velvety, slow-building tannins.