2015 Floodgate Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
PRIMA's Notes: This beauty is made from the oldest still-extant Pinot Noir vines in the Russian River Valley AVA, vines that Farrell worked with since his days at Davis Bynum and continue to go to Alysian. These historic, low-yielding vines produce intensely flavored, very distinctive fruit. The 2015, just taken from the Alysian cellar, is filled with ripe blackberry, fresh plums, and heady aromas of violets, incense and crushed berries. The finish is silky, luscious and stunningly long too, with notes of dried cherries and spiced pipe tobacco. This is a refined but still sexy wine, in a drink-me-now style that will make your lamb chops stand up and notice! And the price is spectacular. A case, we think, is not too much!