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. Shane Finley is the winemaker at AldenAlli.
Limerick Lane Vineyard is just south of Healdsburg at the end of Limerick Lane. The vineyard was planted around 1910 by Mario Del Fava and has only been farmed by 3 families in the last 100 years. The fruit goes to Limerick Lane, Carlisle, AldenAlli and Bedrock. I previously wrote about the vineyard in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.
Purple in color. 14.6% ABV. Sublime nose of red and black fruits, licorice and pepper. Medium body with mouth watering acidity and tremendous balance. Dark, juicy fruits in spades. Blackberry, raspberry liqueur, cocoa and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Lots to like here. This will drink well for another 2-3 years.
My rating: 93 points.
I am unclear on the future of AldenAlli now that Dan Kosta has launched a new Pinot Noir label known as Convene. I’ll write about this later when I have an update.