2011 Alazan Pinot Noir

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Alazan is our top Pinot Noir and a sommelier favorite for its sophistication and depth. Named after Peter Kingston’s burgundy-colored horse in the 1950’s, Alazan is a limited, reserve bottling made from a few special cuarteles in the Kingston vineyard. The 2011 Alazan is a little slow to reveal itself. The wine has a core of sweet fruit and an almost cooling quality on the palate. Aromatically it is a bit shy. There is some cherry fruit and just a touch of earthiness. The wine goes beyond the realm of dark fruit. It is less forward and fruity and not quite as big.
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Vineyard Designation
Kingston Family Vineyards
Aging
10 months in French Oak Barrels
Alcohol %
14
Wine Spectator
91
Ratings
**(91 points)** This dense version displays a core of black cherry skin and wild berry notes that are well-integrated with juicy acidity and light tannins. Hints of grilled herb and hot stone settle in the long finish. -*Wine Spectator* **(91 points)** Brilliant ruby-red. Primary aromas of dark berry and cherry preserves, complicated by hints of rose and Asian spices. Plush yet precise black raspberry and boysenberry flavors stain the palate, with a smoky quality gaining power with air. Finishes spicy and long, with suave floral character and smooth, even tannins. -*James Suckling*
2011 Alazan Pinot Noir