2016 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 2016 Alazan is one of the least extracted but most fruit-rich and energetic Alazans to date. It is forward and honest. It shows little oak influence although most of it is raised in French oak cooperage. I think this wine would do well with sophisticated fare with earthy/savory notes. Read more in Byron's tasting notes ››

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Casablanca Valley
Alcohol %
Wine Advocate
**(95 points)** Named Vino Revelación, Best of Pinot Noir and Best of Casablanca Valley - *Descorchados* **(93 points)** Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose becomes more expansive over time in the glass, revealing aromas of cherry, spice, sous bois and a hint of toasty oak. Wellmannered in the mouth with impressive harmony, offering mid weight flavors of earthy cherry, raspberry and spice. The tannins are nicely integrated making for easy drinking now. The somewhat earthy and savory character reminds me more of Old World than New World. In any case, an excellent wine. - *PinotFile* **(91 points)** Fresh strawberry and lemon rid character throughout in this fine and fresh pinot. Enjoy. -*James Suckling* **(90 points)** The 2016 Pinot Noir Alazan was produced with fruit from their oldest vineyards planted in 1998 and 1999 in the Casablanca Valley. Some 15% of the wine matured in egg-shaped concrete vats, and the rest was kept in French oak barrels for eight months. There is more depth here, with contained ripeness and bright cherry aromas, hints of spices and a palate with good acidity and moderate alcohol. - *Robert Parker's Wine Advocate*
2016 Alazan Pinot Noir