March 2017 Reviews
By: Antonio Galloni
2014 Alma Fria Holtermann Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
The highlight among the Pinots, the 2014 Pinot Noir Holtermann Vineyard is the most powerful and punchy of these wines. A rush of cherry, red stone fruit, dried flowers, tea leaves, mint and anise run through this bold, expressive Pinot. The tannins are a bit burly and need time to soften, but there is good potential here, not to mention tons of pure personality.
2014 Alma Fria Campbell Ranch Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)
The 2014 Chardonnay Campbell Ranch opens with striking, nuanced aromatics. Candied lemon, slate, graphite and a host of soil-driven inflections make a positive first impression. Nuanced and beautifully layered on the palate, the 2014 offers lovely depth and intensity in the understated, taut style that is the signature of these wines.
2014 Alma Fria Doña Margarita Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
Dried rose petal, dried cherry, mint, spice, hard candy, and leather flesh out in Alma Fria’s 2014 Pinot Noir Doña Margarita. This is another very pretty, delicate wine, but there is good depth and intensity, always within the Alma Fria style.
2014 Alma Fria Plural Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)
Alma Fria’s 2014 Chardonnay Plural is a pretty, understated wine. Apricot, peach and a host of yellow orchard fruit notes give the 2014 its soft, creamy personality. This attractive, mid-weight Chardonnay is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years.
2014 Alma Fria Plural Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)
The 2014 Pinot Noir Plural is pretty, delicate and nicely lifted in the glass. Bright red stone fruit, rose petal, earthy notes, mint and chalk shape the lifted, airy feel. A dollop of whole clusters (10%) adds complexity, but without marking the wine to a significant degree.