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Sunday, February 17, 2013

2009 Alysian Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir - Allen-Rochioli Blocks

On the nose this wine expresses aromas of black cherry, wild raspberry, strawberry-rhubarb, brown sugar, sweet tea, and subtle hints of mineral and clove. The bouquet is very beautiful, but I think it's a tad closed down right now and within a year or so it should wake up a bit.

On the palate this wine is packed with dense flavors of black cherry, red currant, baking spice, mineral, and hints of toasted oak. There is a considerable amount of acidity and tightly packed tannin in this wine, which I also believe will integrate better with a year or two in bottle.

I must admit I believe this wine is a bit too young to be drinking right now. Out of all the single vineyard Alysian Pinot's this wine has the sharpest acidity and the most densely packed core of darker red fruits and tannin. I believe it's perhaps the most age-worthy of the Alysian Pinot's. Give this one at least a year in the cellar and I think it will be massively improved. 92+ points
 
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