Big Basin Vineyards Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
|California, Central Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains
|Big Basin Vineyards
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.
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.
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.