2007 Martin Alfaro Deer Park Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 450 cases, $33. This vineyard is owned by Dan Lester and managed by Prudy Foxx. Multiple clones are planted including 115, 667, 777, 37 (Mount Eden), 2A and 23 (Mariafeld). The closeness of the vineyard to Monterey Bay allows the grapes to attain full physiological ripeness without excessive Brix levels. · Very forward for a 2007 vintage wine. Attractive aromas and flavors of dark fruits tending toward the red spectrum with tasty spice. The tannins are fine and supple, the acidity is just right and the fruit lingers on an aromatic finish. Pinot Noirs from this vineyard have always appealed to me, perhaps because of the diverse clonal mix. Reviewed March 15, 2009

Winery: Martin Alfaro
From article: Tasting Santa Cruz Pinot Noirz