Vineyard and Region Information: The sun which bathes this south-facing slope is moderated by the cooling air and fog from the Monterey Bay, just a few miles away. This microclimate is ideal for producing Pinot in the New World which expresses transparency to the site and impeccable balance at naturally low alcohol levels.
Vintage Notes: 2017 was an excellent vintage in virtually all respects. A good set during Spring flowering set us up for good yields. Temperatures remained fairly moderate all year until just before harvest when a substantial heat spike impacted some vineyards. Fortunately, the Alfaro vines seem to be immune to these events and they got through this one without any significant issues just like they did in 2010.
Wine Notes: With the 2017 Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir, we used 100% whole clusters placed into a fermenter with absolutely nothing added to it. Once the wine finished malo-lactic fermentation in barrel, we added minimal sulfur to stabilize the wine (preserve the purity and freshness).
Medium burgundy color. A deeply perfumed and spicy nose that clearly speaks “Alfaro Family Vineyard” for those who know it’s language. Baking spice and rose petals are the dominant notes. On the palate, the wine has a beautiful combination of verve and texture with sappy delicious spicy fruit that coats the palate and finishes long. It is almost hard to believe that this wine seems so expressive when it should be fairly shut down post bottling, but maybe this is just a teaser for what will come with more time in bottle.