AldenAlli is a collaboration between the families Dan Kosta and Emeril Lagasse. The winery is named after their wifes Alli Kosta and Alden Lagasse. The initial release was a 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. In 2015 the lineup expanded to include a single vineyard Pinot Noir from Campbell Ranch and a Zinfandel from Limerick Lane Vineyard. More Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay have been added as well. Shane Finley is the winemaker at AldenAlli.
The Sonoma Coast is a blend from Campbell Ranch, Gap’s Crown and Sunchase vineyards.
Crimson in color. 14.1% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cloves, cola and forest floor. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Well balanced. Packed with bright, fruits that cascade across the palate. Unabashedly made in a style reminiscent of Kosta Browne. Flavors of cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and baking spices. Tremendous length on the finish. Really compelling Pinot Noir from a winery that I look forward to following in the years to come. The 2016 will drink well for several more years.
My rating: 94 points.
AldenAlli is just getting started. The 2019 version of this wine will be released later this year. I trust Dan Kosta and encourage readers to consider signing up for the mailing list.
I previously wrote about AldenAlli in Three Mailers to Consider.