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Alysian Pinot Noir Russian River Selection 2009

Member Review by aronowm2:

tart but also sweetened with strawberries with cherry undertones, its Rich red cherry color delivers an earthy, complex flavor. I'd say it's mostly dry with some oak and has a nice texture and is balanced and shows a great bright berry finish. Thought it went well with chicken meatballs and carrots.

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Alysian Wines:
THE VISION Gary Farrell sold his very successful “namesake” brand in 2004 with ambitions of “returning to his roots” as a true artisan producer of extremely limited production Pinot Noir wines. In 2007, he partnered with longtime colleagues, Bill Hambrecht and Denise Sanders, to create the ideal winemaking environment for the production of small lot, ultra-premium wines from the cooler reaches... Read more
THE VISION Gary Farrell sold his very successful “namesake” brand in 2004 with ambitions of “returning to his roots” as a true artisan producer of extremely limited production Pinot Noir wines. In 2007, he partnered with longtime colleagues, Bill Hambrecht and Denise Sanders, to create the ideal winemaking environment for the production of small lot, ultra-premium wines from the cooler reaches of the Russian River Valley. Consistent with Gary’s “no compromise” approach, he equipped his new Westside Road (Healdsburg) facility with the finest tools obtainable; precisely what we would expect from the winemaker who promises to “eclipse” anything he has previously produced during his three decades of winemaking. THE WINES Pinot Noir is the clear focus of this brand, but tiny lots of Chardonnay will also be released under the Alysian label. Gary will remain true to his “signature style” of winemaking by producing fully flavored, acutely balanced wines with a keen focus on elegance and structural integrity. Though critics often reward wines expressing excessive density, extract and alcohol, Gary continues to refute this style, favoring a more sophisticated, structurally correct and age-worthy approach to winemaking. By sourcing grapes that ripen (and reach flavor maturity) at lower sugar levels, Gary is able to produce fully flavored wines possessing lower alcohols and higher natural acidity; resulting in vibrant wines that cellar well and are great companions with food. THE NAME ”Alysian” (of Greek origin) refers to an endeavor arising from intuitive creativity and artistic resolution. Our logo is an ancient mark, commonly referencing a return to one’s center or beginning. Others suggest a far simpler translation; “the journey.” THE VINEYARDS In addition to the obvious contributions of veteran winemaker Gary Farrell, the Alysian wines will have another clear and distinct advantage over most other brands … access to the finest, most reputable vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Gary was one of the very first winemakers to specialize in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir during the mid-1980’s, and his long standing relationships with the region’s most elite growers will result in designated wines from Rochioli, Allen, Starr Ridge, Cresta Ridge, Hallberg and Floodgate vineyards. Read less

Member Reviews for Alysian Pinot Noir Russian River Selection

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Snooth User: aronowm2
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4.00 5
05/28/2012

tart but also sweetened with strawberries with cherry undertones, its Rich red cherry color delivers an earthy, complex flavor. I'd say it's mostly dry with some oak and has a nice texture and is balanced and shows a great bright berry finish. Thought it went well with chicken meatballs and carrots.


Snooth User: Sara Weinbrom
1024273727
3.00 5
11/16/2012

Cherry with a bit of oak and round mouth feel


Snooth User: jshimkin
321717460
3.50 5
01/05/2013

Wonderful raspberry and currant with no tannins. Fantastic Sonoma Pinot Noir that has finesse and elegance.


Snooth User: Carlo182
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1.50 5
03/10/2013

I don't see where this wine has any finesse whatsoever. Tart, untamed acidity, decent fruit up front that degrades into a messy alcohol laden burn finish. Unstructured end with tart cranberry being the takeaway. More like a bad Nebbiolo. Highly disagree with the positive reviews on this one.


Snooth User: Espradling
1074057273
4.00 5
11/16/2012

Four glasses


External Reviews for Alysian Pinot Noir Russian River Selection

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Bright, translucent, ruby red with slightly pink rim. Aromas of ripe strawberry, sweet cherry, cranberry and spice complement the floral framework and sweet earth notes on the nose. The palate is medium bodied and possesses a gripping acidity. A red ... Jeff Loo. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2009 Alysian Russian River Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/10/2012

Rich, deep red cherry, earthy and baking spice flavors, complex; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Silky, bright Pinot Noir. Pinot Report. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2009 Alysian Russian River Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Bright translucent ruby red with slightly pink rim. Aromas of ripe strawberry sweet cherry cranberry and spice complement the floral framework and sweet earth notes on the nose. The palate is medium bodied and possesses a gripping acidity. A red berry fruit profile dominates the mid palate along with flavors of cardamom smoked spices and duck fat which lead into a pleasant finish. Enjoy over the next 5-8 years. Jeff Loo.


External Review
02/23/2013

From winemaker Gary Farrell, Alysian Russian River Pinot Noir has characteristic dark fruit and lavender aromatics, hallmarks of Russian River Pinot Noir. The wine has a depth and richness which we find very appealing.



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