Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2018 AldenAlli Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

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. 14.2% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, cola, baking spice and forest floor. Medium body with perfect acidity. Exceptional grace and balance. Cherry, raspberry, pomegranate and earth on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Stunning Pinot Noir that should age gracefully. Best over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 94 points.

I am unclear on the future of AldenAlli now that Dan Kosta has launched another Pinot Noir label known as Convene. More to come on both topics.

I previously wrote about AldenAlli in Three Mailers to Consider.

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