Alcina Cellars

Owner(s) Greg Pietigorski
Web site www.alcinacellars.com
 
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A garagiste operation run by wine enthusiast and owner/winemaker Greg Pietigorski. Greg is the primary winemaker in charge of decisions and enlists the consultancy of winemaker Richard Davis (Halleck, Londer, Calstar and La Czar). Production is very small and sold through a mailing list with limited retail distribution. The Pinot Noirs are quite good. 415-722-9393.

Reviewed Wines

2006 Alcina Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 729 cases, $35. This label is one of the best of the little known producers of California Pinot Noir. The winemaker is Richard Davis (Londer, CalStar, Halleck). · This wine has it all. Lighter reddish-purple in color. Attractive aromas of cherries and baking spice including nutmeg and allspice which pick up intensity in the glass. The flavors follow in step and the wine delivers restrained tannins and a lingering finish. As the French say, “C’est top!” The Alcina wines are sold through a mailing list at www.alcinacellars.com. Reviewed August 4, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Alcina Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $45. · Beautiful aromas of black cherry, herbs and barnyard. Flavors of spiced cherry, brown sugar, cookie dough. Soft in texture, light on its feet, with finely-tuned tannins, and clean finish. A very nice elegant package. Reviewed April 7, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Alcina Cellars Ramondo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 336 cases, $53. · Very reserved delicate cherry perfume. The red fruits, including cherry and pomegranate, are demure and no tannin is in sight. Not showing much leg now, a Pinot in petticoats. Still, a charming drink. Reviewed August 4, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Alcina Cellars Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 264 cases, $53. · The nose evolves beautifully in the glass exhibiting wet and smoky oak, baked cherries, and grilled meat. Delicious black cherry onslaught leaving a gradually fading memory on the mildly dry finish. Very light and diaphanous with a smoky edge throughout. Thoroughly satisfying, the wine holds its alcohol well. Sold through a mailing list at www.alcinacellars.com. Reviewed August 4, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Alcina Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $45. · Earth, mushroom, forest floor and black cherry aromas develop with swirling. Delicious cherry cola, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of tobacco lurking in the background. Plenty of power but silky and blessed with finesse. The clean finish of lovely dark cherries lasts and lasts. Reviewed October 20, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Alcina Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $45. 20% new oak. · Light in weight and light on its feet. Bright perfume of cherry, cola and cooked strawberries. The wood-tinged cherry and sassafras flavors were enhanced by fine sweet tannins leading to a long and tangy finish. Reviewed October 20, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Alcina Cellars Ramondo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $53. Ramondo Vineyard is located in Sebastopol and straddles the line between the warmer Russian River Valley and cooler Sonoma Coast fruit profile. · The darkest wine of the lineup with the most body and richness. The nose is closed with brooding dark tarry aromas still reticent after two hours. Teeth-staining plush fruit with edges of oak and chocolate. Despite its heft, it is supple and the finish is silky. A big mouthful that is currently shy and would benefit from decanting and/or aging. Reviewed October 20, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Alcina Cellars Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 264 cases, $53. This vineyard is located in the Petaluma Gap and yields are low ranging from a ton to a ton and a half per acre. · Elegant and easy to drink , this wine is dominated by oak. There is plenty of toast and some funk in the nose and char and green tea embrace the cherry and red berry flavors. Reviewed October 20, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Alcina Cellars Silacci Vineyard Monterey County Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $53. The Silacci Vineyard is located 5 minutes north of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County. Its cool location makes ripening always a concern and this wine seems to show a failure to reach optimum phenolic ripeness. · The most exotic wine in the lineup. Nutmeg, tomato, and floral scents. The flavors range from tart berry to Asian spice to graham with lively tart acidity on the backend. Very unusual and lightbodied for a Silacci Vineyard Pinot Noir. Reviewed October 20, 2007 ARTICLE »