Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2013 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 key grape source for the 2013 AldenAlli was Campbell Ranch in the mountainous Annapolis area of Sonoma Coast.

Crimson in color. 14.1% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, cloves, sarsaparilla and forest floor. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Elegant, refined and perfectly balanced. Cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and black tea on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Gorgeous Pinot Noir that has aged incredibly well. Everything I expect from a Dan Kosta Pinot Noir. Best over the next several years.

My rating: 93 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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