April 2017 Reviews
By: Virginie Boone
2014 Alma Fria Plural Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)
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.
2014 Alma Fria Plural Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
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.
2014 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
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.
2014 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
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.