Big Basin Vineyards Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 750ml
SKU: 21054

Big Basin Vineyards Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

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Category Red Wine
Origin California, Central Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains
Brand Big Basin Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 13.3%
Medium burgundy color. A deeply perfumed and spicy nose that clearly speaks "Alfaro Family Vineyard" for those who know it's language. Baking spice and rose petals are the dominant notes. On the palate, the wine has a beautiful combination of verve and texture with sappy delicious spicy fruit that coats the palate and finishes long. It is almost hard to believe that this wine seems so expressive when it should be fairly shut down post bottling, but maybe this is just a teaser for what will come with more time in bottle.
Wine Enthusiast
  • we95

Trampled herbs, forest-floor, juniper-berry and cranberry aromas reflect the forest-ringed setting of many vineyards in the Corralitos area. Curry leaf, bay and juniper flavors make for a vividly spicy palate, where hints of dried cranberry and cherry linger in the background.

November 1, 2020
  • v93

The 2017 Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard is a bit creamier than the 2018 tasted alongside it, which helps balance some of the stem influence. Macerated cherry, dried flowers, spice and leather fill out its mid-weight, curvy frame effortlessly. Soft, open-knit and inviting, the 2017 is really in the zone today. A closing burst of rose petal, sage, mint and star anise adds striking perfume to the substantial finish.

September 2020
Wine Advocate
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The 2017 Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard was made with 100% whole cluster and aged 17 months in 33% new French oak. Pale garnet, it gives up Bing cherries, charcuterie, burnt orange peel, tar and soil aromas with notes of dried herbs, underbrush and dried blackberries. It's light to medium-bodied and earthy in the mouth with bitters and mushroom character, with a grainy frame and good freshness on the finish. 155 cases produced.

February 6, 2020

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