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: The 2019 growing season was preceded by a wet winter with several rainstorms spread out between November 2018 through end of May 2019, totaling around 70 inches in rain. Bud break was late due to the cold, wet soils, but an early June heat wave with temps >100F caused the vines and cover crops to take off. Despite a few late rain events, there was good weather for bloom and fruit set and the crop was above average. July and August were relatively cool, slowing veraison, then warming into September for nearly ideal weather for final ripening. In general, most picks began a bit later than normal (mid to late September). The exception was Corralitos. The marine layer was weak for most of the 2019 growing season and there was very little fog on the coast, so Corralitos experienced a warm vintage. We picked Pinot Noir in Corralitos before the Estate, and the Chardonnay from Howard before Coastview, both a reversal of normal. All together, a very good growing season.
Wine Notes: A mark of Pinot Noir that is really moving is the haunting perfume on the nose that can occur with an exceptional vineyard in a solid vintage. At this point, it is un-evolved, but the ingredients are there for extended cellar aging. One of the hallmarks of the Alfaro Vineyard is the supple texture and body the wines capable of expressing, along with a subtle baking spice element that intrigues on the finish.
Wine Reviews: 90 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous