2007 Martin Alfaro Pinot Noir “Garys’ Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands.
This stunning Garys’ Pinot has the elegance to seduce you and the richness to impress you, all in all this is one focused and stylish wine that delivers world class fruit and pleases completely. Joe Martin and Richard Alfaro have done it again, making a hand crafted Pinot from some of the best fruit available and all for a fair price. This vintage shows a perfumed nose of violets, wildflowers, roses and red fruits, with touches of sweet smoke, and mocha leading to a rich and round palate of blackberry, plum and a solid core of black cherries. There is subtle oak and lush fruit in this remarkable wine with deep layers and good grip from the ripe tannins and acidity. The wine shows added complexities with Asian and baking spices in the background, earth, truffle and lovely creamy vanilla also come through. This Pinot is only just beginning to show its massive appeal and potential, with a good likelyhood of developing and filling out over the next 3-5 years. ($40 Est.) 93-95 Points, grapelive
*Pre Release Sample from bottle. Due to be released August/September 2009
Jacques at Rancho Cellars to pre-order