2008 Big Basin Vineyards "Coastview Vineyard" Monterey Syrah
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep violet color. A sexy, complex bouquet shows an array of black and blue fruits, sandalwood, licorice and candied violet. Sweet, palate-staining blueberry and cherry-cola flavors are lifted by gentle acidity and show a seamless texture. Ripe and fleshy but vibrant, with excellent finishing clarity and resonating spiciness. This wine's blend of power and energy is impressive.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard comes from slightly higher elevations (600 feet). Like its sibling, whole clusters (meaning 100% stems) were used, with indigenous yeast fermentation and it was also bottled unfined and unfiltered. Slightly darker ruby than the Woodruff Family, this wine has sweet clove, black cherry, and pomegranate as well as underbrush notes in the complex aromatics. Broad, flavorful, silky-textured, and opulent, this is a slightly fleshier style, but the winemaking skills of proprietor/winemaker Bradley Brown are in evident in both of these Pinots. It should drink nicely for 5-8 years, perhaps longer.
Firm, intense and snappy, with vivid wild berry, raspberry, mineral and black licorice flavors. Intense and full-bodied, finishing with a tight, persistent finish. Drink now through 2019. 195 cases made.