Processing Your Order...

Search for ""

$20 off your $100 order*. Use code 20NEW

$20 off your $100 order*. Use code 20NEW

There was an error redeeming your code.

*New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 4/30/2019. The $20 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $100 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order.

Update your browser to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

It's easy to update and using the latest version
of Internet Explorer means all your web browsing will be better.

Yes, Update Now
Flat front label of wine
Flat front label of wine

Alfaro Family Estate Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
  • WW94
  • RP93
13.5% ABV
Other Vintages
All Vintages
Currently Unavailable $44.99
Try the
44 99
44 99
Save $0.00 (0%)
Ships today if ordered in next 13 hours
Limit 0 bottles per customer
Sold in increments of 0
0
Limit Reached
0.0 0 Ratings
My Wine Share
Vintage Alert
Alert me when new vintages are available
Rate for better recommendations
(256 characters remaining)

0.0 0 Ratings
13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Medium bodied and deep ruby in color, this wine shows a burst of fruit on the nose and is chock-full of bright cherry, raspberry and spice flavors on the palate. Complex and well-balanced.

Founded in 1998 by Richard and Mary Kay Alfaro, Alfaro Family Vineyards is dedicated to the production of Estate Bottled Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Albariño and Gruner Veltliner. “Alfaro Family Vineyard” is our largest vineyard at just over 16 acres and is planted exclusively to Pinot Noir. It consists of 9 different blocks; each block has a different combination of clones and rootstock, including clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777 and 828. Vine density is 1361 vines per acre. The vineyard is on a south-facing hillside between 500 and 650 feet in elevation.

Critical Acclaim

All Vintages
WW 94
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: As continue my search of wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains, I am becoming a big fan of this growing region's Pinot Noirs. The 2016 Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery Estate Pinot is one of the best to be found. TASTING NOTES: This wine is bright and evocative. Its aromas and flavors of bright red fruits, chalk, and mineral make it a lovely pairing partner with lightly grilled wild salmon. Tasted: August 20, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Revealing expressive notes of sweet cherries, plums, strawberries, wood smoke, rich soil and raw cocoa, the 2016 Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard Estate is medium to full-bodied and velvety, with a more expansive attack than the Trout Gulch bottling and a lush core of fruit balanced by bright acids. It's a delicious and already complex Pinot Noir that should drink well for the next 6 or 7 years.
View More
Alfaro Family

Alfaro Family

View all wine
Image for Santa Cruz Mountains content section

Santa Cruz Mountains

View all wine

A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA stretches from Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco, to the northern border of Monterey County. Elevations range from 800 feet to upwards of 3,000 and microclimates vary substantially depending on which side of the mountains the vineyards lie; cool ocean winds and fog play an important role here. This can be a challenging region in which to grow grapes, but it is well worth the effort. Santa Cruz Mountains wines are noted for balanced acidity levels, often showing great aging potential. Wine has been made here since the 1800s, most notably from the legendary Ridge Vineyards, whose Monte Bello vineyard garners international admiration.

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars of this region, while Merlot and Zinfandel also perform quite well. Organic and sustainable vineyard practices are becoming increasingly common.

Image for Pinot Noir content section

Pinot Noir

View all wine

One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

MBWPN16ES_2016 Item# 496041