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2009 Alysian Pinot Noir "Floodgate Vineyard Origins"

Winery: Alysian

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Floodgate Vineyard Origins"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $55

Cases produced: 240

KWG Score: 93 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: June 20, 2012

Wine Review: This translucent and ruby colored Pinot Noir from Alysian is really refined and Very Good. It opens with a mild boysenberry bouquet with a hint of RC Cola. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, super balanced, very smooth and suave. The flavor profile is a very tasty mild plum with notes of gentle strawberry and a hint of oak and faint sarsaparilla. The finish is dry and its fine tannins are a touch dusty and sail along nicely. This Pinot Noir is very refined and extremely food friendly. I would love to have this Pinot with Stuart’s steak treats. Yum - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This youthful wine proves that abundance and concentration is achievable, without the excessive weight, ripeness and alcohol. Alluring aromas of violet, fresh blackberry and stone fruits lead to an array of wild berries, fresh plum and black-pepper spice on the palate. Those flavors expand and become exotic, as hints of enrichening oak and minerality emerge in the many waves of complexity. Refreshing vibrancy and supportive fine-grain tannins add further credibility and appeal to this firmly structured and wildly appealing wine. Though enjoyable now for its adolescent charms, a few years of carefully cellaring would pay great dividends. - Gary Farrell, winemaker

Organic status: not organic

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