Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills 2008
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
Big and jammy on the nose with a strong, raw wood tone. The fruit in the mouth is thick and sweet in a popular style and married vegetal notes with a bright red currant fruit tone. On the finish there was a sweet nuttiness that contrasted somewhat against the sweet, candied fruit. Interested but I don't know where this is headed. Drink 2009-2012 87pts
Great, ruby red color. A bit sweet at first, with a nice spice backup. A bit disappointed with the finish, and I wish it was a bit brighter in taste.
Really smoky on the nose, with some raspberry and a hint of mint. Soft and lush on the palette with a spicy finish.
Good flavor but at a to high a price $.
This was fantastic. Aromas and flavors of brown sugar, cherry, eucalyptus, and pine. Lots of complexity in the finish, with earth and spice notes added.
Raspberry, rhubarb, and spice aromas and flavors. Turns a touch candied on the finish, but there is nice balance and complexity in this wine.
External Reviews for Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills
Surprisingly, the generic 2005 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills is even more complex, displaying additional notes of beet roots, forest floor, and sweet cherries. This well-made, medium-bodied Pinot possesses excellent fruit, spice, earth, and subtle herb and smoke characteristics. It, too, should be consumed over the next 5andndash;6 years.
Continuing in the style of prior vintages, our 2007 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard again utilizes the two clones of 667 and Swan as our raw materials. 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 aging in French Oak barrels. Very nice now, this wine should only improve across the next three to four years.
Richard Sanford was the first person to plant vines in Santa Rita Hills and is legendary in California winemaking. The 100-acre Encantada vineyard is planted to seven different Pinot Noir clones. This relatively full-bodied Pinot has notes of cherry, cola, coffee, and pomegranate on the nose and rustic tannins on the finish.
Spicy and bright, this wineandrsquo;s black pepper and light strawberry tones have some tension to the structure. The tannins have an earthy grip, a warm edge for quail roasted with wild mushrooms.
With enticing aromas of lavender and berry, this is rich, supple and elegant on the palate, with a vibrancy to the fruit and a suppleness to the texture. Long and fruity on the finish. Drink now through 2011.
Balanced, with spicy plum, herb, sage and hints of cedar and anise, ending with a drying herbal aftertaste. Drink now through 2010.
This is a California Pinot Noir at its finest! Richard Sanford, founder of Sanford Winery, is the producer of this exquisite Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills. The wine has a beautiful floral nose and is ruby red in color. Delicate nuances of strawberry and raspberry dance upon onersquo;s palate, ending with a long and luscious finish. Medium-bodied with a hint of spice, it is balanced and rounded out with soft tannins. Alma Rosa Winery amp; Vineyards practices and promotes organic farming, sustainable agriculture, ecologically-responsible packaging and green building. Pair this wine with blackened snapper or baked ham with spiced apples. Fabulous!