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Alfaro Family Vineyards, 'Heirloom Clones' Pinot NoirSanta Cruz Mountains, California 2019 (750mL)

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Alfaro Family Vineyards, 'Heirloom Clones' Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains, California 2019 (750mL)

“Richard Alfaro and his wife Mary Kay made a monumental shift in 1997 from owning a successful restaurant and wholesale baking company to becoming vintners. They transformed an old apple arm south of Santa Cruz into a 56-acre vineyard concentrated on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They have become true ambassadors of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.”

The "Heirloom Clones" Pinot Noir has become one of Alfaro's most adored products for its ability to drink impressively well out of the gate. Sourced from four small lots including their own estate, This wine relies on the synergy of clonal selection that includes the prized Calera, Mt. Eden, Pommard, Martini, and Swan clones. 

Like all of the Alfaro Pinots, the 2019 "Heirloom Clones" is crafted with a minimalist approach. The fruit was harvested in late September to undergo 20% whole cluster fermentation with elevage of 8 months in neutral French oak and with no fining or filtering. The result is a vibrant, pale ruby-red wine packed with flavor and texture. Aromas of bright strawberry blossom, savory thyme, and faint sea breeze lead the way. The palate delivers a devastating kiss of black cherry, rhubarb, and dense forest floor. This wine is drinking beautifully now but has the potential to age five years. Ideally, pull the cork a half hour before serving at 60-65 degrees in large Burgundy stems. As for pairings, invite the lively acidity of this classic coastal Pinot Noir to balance a rich preparation of duck or salmon, or try the light, earthy wild rice salad. 

  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionCentral Coast, California
  • Sub-RegionSanta Cruz Mountains
  • SoilFractured Limestone & Clay Loam Soils
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendPinot Noir
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • Oak8 Months in Neutral French Oak
  • Temp.Serve at 60° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stems
  • DrinkingNow-2027
  • Decanting30 Minutes
  • PairingCedar Plank Salmon

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