Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

April 2017 Reviews
By:  Virginie Boone

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93 pts.
2014 Alma Fria Plural Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)
$40

Clarified butter is the first flavor to hit the palate of this wine, with a fresh, herbal essence that gives it a farmhouse feel. Cucumber and lemony acidity follow, as well as a pronounced oyster shell-like mineral note. This is a light, bright white ready for the table or as an apéritif.

92 pts.
2014 Alma Fria Plural Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
$40

Blue fruit character comes softly layered with exotic clove and cardamom scents in this elegantly light and vibrant wine. Given less time in oak than some of the producer’s single-vineyard wines, it’s focused and varietal, with a gravelly, complex finish.

91 pts.
2014 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
$62

From a site near Annapolis, this wine shows a preponderance of dark grape and cherry flavor interwoven with cinnamon and black peppercorn. Light-bodied and ethereally layered, it has touches of rustic earthiness and leather.

88 pts.
2014 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
$58

This wine is spicy in forest floor and sage. Strawberry hull and cranberry notes mark the light-bodied palate, with a tightly-woven tapestry of subtle tannin.