Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills 2007
Clones 667 and Swan are combined in this La Encantada bottling, aged in a combination of both new and used French oak barrels.The result is a plush wine that balances brilliant raspberry-like fruit tones with a deeper, darker, cherry-based note. There are floral and spice elements as well, notably violet and clove, as well as a smokiness and vanilla component from ageing in French Oak barrels. Very nice now, this wine should only improve across the next three to four years.
Editorial Reviews for Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills
Rather restrained on the nose with subtle aromatic wood and dried floral top notes, this is fairly reticent but has slow-to-emerge dark fruit, soft notes of chocolate savings and some minty tones. Very easy on entry but the tannins assert themselves pretty quickly. They’re a bit drying and poke through the fruit a bit. The mid-palate shows some rich black cherry notes with spice tones accentuated by the spice of the tannins. The finish has a vanilla streak, and is quite long with a little cedary element and excellent persistent to the dark fruit. Not my style but well done. 90pts