2010 Alta Maria Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. Sexy red fruit aromas show good clarity and lift, with Asian spice and floral nuances adding complexity. The spicy quality carries onto the palate, which displays smooth raspberry and spicecake flavors and a touch of clove. Finishes silky and long, with lingering sweetness and soft tannins.
Wine & Spirits
This harnesses dramatic ripeness without over-reaching, offering enough length and freshness to support its dense layers of blackberry-laden fruit. Grippy tannins provide a structural counterpoint to that sumptuousness, suggesting the appetizing bitterness of carob and setting the wine up for roasted pork loin.
Alta Maria's 2010 Pinot Noir bursts from the glass with a rush of red berries, sweet spices and vanillin. A juicy, fruit-driven Pinot, the 2010 is best enjoyed over the next few years, while the fruit retains its vibrancy and freshness. The 2010 is forward and overt, but also very nicely balanced. Drinking window: 2013 - 2018
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Pinot Noir opens with an attractive, sweet bouquet. The fruit isn’t quite as radiant as the aromatics suggest, leading to an impression of compactness. Sweet red cherries and flowers linger on the perfumed finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.
With 90% of the grapes sourced from the Bien Nacido Vineyard, this wine comes with some pedigree. Many 2010 Central Coast Pinot Noirs are beginning to stand out in the California crowd, and this just-released 2010 looks to be a standout at its very reasonable price point. 93 points The Pinot Report: "Deep ruby color; complex aromas of stewed cherry, spiceand herbs; rich and deep plum and cherry flavors with spice and herbal notes; some tannin and oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Full and complex Pinot that is a great match for grilled meats." (3/2013)