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Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills 2008

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2008 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 750ml

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Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards:
Pioneer winegrowers in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA since 1970, Thekla and Richard Sanford have left their namesake winery and are pleased to present the wines from their winery, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards. With over 38 years experience winegrowing in this region, their energies will continue to be focused on excellence in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and feel this new beginning gives them a greater... Read more
Pioneer winegrowers in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA since 1970, Thekla and Richard Sanford have left their namesake winery and are pleased to present the wines from their winery, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards. With over 38 years experience winegrowing in this region, their energies will continue to be focused on excellence in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and feel this new beginning gives them a greater opportunity to honor the unmistakable relationship between the healthiness of the soil, the energy of the vines, and ultimately the soul of the wine. “For over 20 years, my wife Thekla and I have focused on what’s most important to us: sustainable business practices and organic farming. We are deeply committed to the environment and the soulful connection with our employees and the people who enjoy our wine.” says Richard. With over 100 acres of certified organic estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA (the first vineyards to be certified in Santa Barbara County) Alma Rosa Winery offers Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc in addition to their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their acclaimed Pinot Noir Vin-Gris (as seen in the movie Sideways) is also available. With a vision for a viable agricultural future and an environment that is safe for our children, Richard and Thekla and the staff at Alma Rosa Winery hope to continue to bring our customers together to share good food, good times and great wine. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,853
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/09/2010

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,853
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/23/2009

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

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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
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3.50 5
12/07/2012

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.


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.00 5
11/17/2011

Really smoky on the nose, with some raspberry and a hint of mint. Soft and lush on the palette with a spicy finish.


Snooth User: BADBOY2U
54304214
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/09/2010

Good flavor but at a to high a price $.


Snooth User: kbush99999
47969021
2.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/15/2010

Two glasses


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/28/2007

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.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/28/2007

Raspberry, rhubarb, and spice aromas and flavors. Turns a touch candied on the finish, but there is nice balance and complexity in this wine.


Snooth User: staceybrick
45213178
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 03/11/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills

External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/05/2009

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 05/20/2015

Spicy and bright, this wine’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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 01/10/2013

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewEnticing aromas of lavender and berry, rich, supple and elegant on the palate, with a vibrancy to the fruit and suppleness to the texture. Long and fruity on the finish. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2011

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2011

Deep red. Smoky oak and black raspberry on the nose. Lively red berry flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and given depth by a slow-building dark chocolate quality. The finish features an interesting Campari-like bitterness and a lingering note of cracked pepper. Not a particularly easy style, but nicely suited to strongly seasoned red meat dishes.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2005 05/22/2011

Balanced, with spicy plum, herb, sage and hints of cedar and anise, ending with a drying herbal aftertaste. Drink now through 2010.


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2008 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 750ml

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