2003 Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir

The late season of 2003 produced our best Pinot Noir to date, with a beautiful balance of all the elements, well-articulated cherry cola and delicate spice nuances in the bouquet. This leads the way to a rich palate with superb texture and fine detail. This is a concentrated, dense Pinot that will benefit from a little air, so we recommend decanting this wine for a bit before serving to allow the flavors to unfold. Aged on the lees for 9 months in 50% new French Oak.

Ripe and full-bodied, with tasty plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors accented by a touch of cedar and fresh earth. Finishes with firm, minerally tannins and a sense of elegance and grace. Drink now through 2008. 265 cases made.
James Laube
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Wine Spectator
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88
points
Medium, dullish red. Musky aromas of strawberry, raspberry, maraschino cherry, minerals, earth, cola and loam. Fat, sweet and thick, but not at all a fruit bomb. A chewy, lush wine that finishes with lots of dusty, slightly drying tannins. Hot, dry September weather stressed the vines and sent potassium levels up, resulting in a very high pH. But winemaker Mike Hirby did not acidify.
Stephen Tanzer
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International Wine Cellar
May/Jun 2005
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88
points