Pinot Noir, ‘Alazan’, Kingston Family Vineyards
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Vine Age: 20 years
Production: 115 cases
Elevage: 10 months in French oak
Alazan is the Kingston Family’s 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 barrels made from the Kingston vineyard. The winemaking team tastes every barrel blind and select the best expressions of the vineyard for Alazan.
Throughout the years, the Kingston Family has seen the appreciation that wine lovers have for the expressive terroir of their vineyard. As a result, in recent vintages, they are harvesting earlier so that the Pinot Noir is fresher and fruity with bright acidity.
The 2013 Alazan has a rich color and wonderful freshness. Notes of fresh red fruits, like plum and cherry, mixed with the smooth toasted elements of elegant French oak, are evident when you swirl the glass. The acidity is balanced, resulting in a wine that is fresh in your mouth yet has good body that envelops and fills the mouth gently with all these sensations as you drink it.
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Press & Reviews
"A solid pinot noir with wonderful depth and intensity plus dried fruit and spice. Full body, firm tannins and a long and intense finish. Tight density and full of subtle character. Drink now. Americans make excellent wines here!"