2017 Alma Fria Doc’s Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

$70. One of the coolest vineyard sites in all of Sonoma County. Vineyard is named after “Doc” Van Alstyne, a long-time resident and former landowner of acreage encompassing this ridge in Occidental (including the parcels where this vineyard is located). the vineyard was planted in 1999 and 2010 and totals 9 acres (8 acres of Pinot Noir and 1 acre of Chardonnay). Elevation rises to nearly 1,000 feet above sea level giving a view of the Pacific Ocean and Pt. Reyes seashore. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Exuberant aromas of wild strawberry and forest floor initially. The fruit expression veers toward boysenberry, blackberry and pomegranate in a mid-weight style. Impressive harmony, with a satiny mouthfeel and a persistent finish. More aromatic and appealing when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed March 22, 2020

Winery: Alma Fria
From article: Alma Fria: West Sonoma Coast Wines by Former Red Car Co-Founder Carroll Kemp