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Martin Alfaro

Owner(s) Richard Alfaro
Web site www.martinalfaro.com
 
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See Alfaro Family Vineyards.

Reviewed Wines

2007 Martin Alfaro Deer Park Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 450 cases, $33. This vineyard is owned by Dan Lester and managed by Prudy Foxx. Multiple clones are planted including 115, 667, 777, 37 (Mount Eden), 2A and 23 (Mariafeld). The closeness of the vineyard to Monterey Bay allows the grapes to attain full physiological ripeness without excessive Brix levels. · Very forward for a 2007 vintage wine. Attractive aromas and flavors of dark fruits tending toward the red spectrum with tasty spice. The tannins are fine and supple, the acidity is just right and the fruit lingers on an aromatic finish. Pinot Noirs from this vineyard have always appealed to me, perhaps because of the diverse clonal mix. Reviewed March 15, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Martin Alfaro Schultze Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 235 cases, $36. The Schultze Family Vineyard is planted to 15 acres of Dijon clones 115, 667, 777 and 2A and Pommard 4. Grapes were 100% de-stemmed and lightly crushed into small open-top fermenters. A cold soak of 5 days ensued. Fermentation was traditional and the wine was aged 10 months on the lees in 40% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark and ripe fruits with underlying herbs and earthiness. A bit rough now in its youth but shows the stuffing and balance to blossom nicely in a year. Reviewed March 15, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Martin Alfaro Deer Park Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $33. 40% new oak for both Martin Alfaro wines. · A lot of Mt. Eden clone in this wine resulting in plenty of earthiness. There are appealing notes of cherries, cranberries and Xmas spice as well. The nose is quite funky with notable oak features. Reviewed September 10, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Martin Alfaro Schulze Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot

14.9% alc., $33. Clones 115, 667 and 777. · A beautiful and sexy fruit core here with barnyard and earthy highlights. The nose is redolent with cranberries and spice. A little warm on the finish. Reviewed September 10, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Martin Alfaro Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $27. · Shy fruit with scents of black cherry, roasted nuts and a vague funkiness. The fruit tastes like raisins and fermented cherries. Unpleasant. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »