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Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard Rock Hill 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Very clear, lightly nutty and smoky wild cherry and raspberry fruit on the nose with emerging floral and wood spice tones. Super well balanced in the mouth with tart fruit flavors that mask some of the acidity. There are ripe tannins underpinning everything and wonderfully framed wild cherry and raspberry fruit that shows hints of orange oil and vanilla on the back end. This finishes with great intensity of flavor and length. Orange oil shows up again to top strawberry fruit with slow to emerge, almost nutty nuances. Maybe a touch of toasted almond from the oak but otherwise the wood plays very much of a supporting role here. 93pts

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Winery: Alysian Wines  
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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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

Editorial Reviews for Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard Rock Hill

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/19/2012

Very clear, lightly nutty and smoky wild cherry and raspberry fruit on the nose with emerging floral and wood spice tones. Super well balanced in the mouth with tart fruit flavors that mask some of the acidity. There are ripe tannins underpinning everything and wonderfully framed wild cherry and raspberry fruit that shows hints of orange oil and vanilla on the back end. This finishes with great intensity of flavor and length. Orange oil shows up again to top strawberry fruit with slow to emerge, almost nutty nuances. Maybe a touch of toasted almond from the oak but otherwise the wood plays very much of a supporting role here. 93pts


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Snooth User: Kate Statton
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/19/2012

High acid with rich red fruit.


External Reviews for Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard Rock Hill

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Vintage: 2009 11/14/2013

This Pinot has an admirable delicacy with fairly low alcohol and crisp acids keeping it silky brisk and elegant in the mouth. The all-important flavors suggest raspberries and cola with a long spicy finish. It s a little simple now but could gain traction after some time in the bottle. Wine Enthusiast.


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Vintage: 2009 03/19/2013

This Pinot has an admirable delicacy, with fairly low alcohol and crisp acids keeping it silky, brisk and elegant in the mouth. The all-important flavors suggest raspberries and cola, with a long, spicy finish. Its a little simple now, but could gai... Wine Enthusiast. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2009 Alysian Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard Rock Hill 750ml


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Vintage: 2009 01/31/2013

Not unlike Alysians Floodgate effort from the West Block, especially in its focused, rich aromas and its drift into firming acidity on the palate, this wine takes that acidity a step or two further and winds up with a tart edge for its sins. It is d... Connoisseurs Guide. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2009 Alysian Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard Rock Hill 750ml




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