Alma Rosa Santa Rita Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

$28.99
Item No. 109018
  • red wine
  • Green wine
  • screw cap wine
  • W&S91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Positively brimming with fruity aromatics and flavors, we find this wine (made from grapes from our certified organic estate vineyards) dominated by a mix of fresh crushed berries and dark cherries, shot through with a floral-spice element and a beet-root-meets-cola essence. The wine showcases the dark rich side of Pinot Noir and already has a supple smooth texture with clean acidity. We'd suggest roasts and grilled meats as accompaniments; barbeque shrimp with grits; pan-roasted salmon filets, etc!

Critical Acclaim

"While the fruit flavors have ripened to dark cherry and currants, there's still a transparency to the wine, a rosy briskness that lightens the richness. The sandy tannins have a dark, cola-like tone. For roast duck."
91 Points

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J.Klein - Santa Rosa, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(12/7/2011)
Style: Smooth & Supple
Elegance and finesse. This wine has so much personality that words cannot provide justice. Beautiful color, fruit-forward with a smooth, silky texture. Truly an amazing wine!
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Onesis - Glendale, AZ (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/2/2011)
Style: Smooth & Supple
This wine is by for the best pinot that I have ever tasted. The flavor is full of fruit, and goes down velvety smooth. The end is strong as a great pinot should be. No acid, just rich aroma and flavor. The best pinot any price.
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Rating:
(4/6/2012)
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Richard Sanford came to the Santa Ynez Valley 40 years ago with the desire to create wines that would rival the best of France. First to recognize the potential of the Santa Rita Hills (now an officially accredited American Viticultural Area as Sta. Rita Hills), and first to plant Pinot Noir vines there, Richard is a pioneer with a well established reputation for excellence in...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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