Full Review

City Winery

City Winery
2016 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$36
Cellar Selection

City Winery
2016 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Rich dark garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of orange blossoms and honeysuckle, spiced cherries and nuts, dried peaches, and leather and tobacco with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long creme brulee, spiced nuts, and violet candy finish with light oak. A robust, flavor packed pinot pleaser.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Savory, New World & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: orange blossoms and honeysuckle, spiced cherries and nuts, dried peaches, and leather and tobacco
Taste Flavor: creme brulee, spiced nuts, and violet candy
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Lamb Tagine, Country Paté, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A robust, flavor packed pinot pleaser.

The Producer

City Winery

The Producer
155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
USA
1 212-608-0555

Their Portfolio

89 City Winery 2012 Reserve "Alder Springs Vineyard", Syrah, Mendocino 14.2% (USA) $38.00.
90 City Winery 2014 "Sohovignon Blanc" New York Edition, Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
92 City Winery 2014 Scopus Vineyard, Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $28.00.
91 City Winery 2014 Scopus Vineyards, Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.1% (USA) $28.00.
93 City Winery 2013 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
91 City Winery 2013 Bien Nacido Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 14.1% (USA) $38.00.
88 City Winery 2011 Alder Springs Vineyard Kosher, Syrah, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $49.00.
90 City Winery 2015 "Soho-vignon Blanc" Windrem Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
89 City Winery 2015 "Soho-vignon Blanc", Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
91 City Winery 2012 Brut Nature Sparkling, North Fork of Long Island 12% (USA) $49.00.
88 City Winery 2012 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.
93 City Winery 2014 Haystack Peak Vineyards Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.
93 City Winery 2013 Bettinelli Vineyard Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.
84 City Winery 2015 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 14.1% (USA) $26.00.
90 City Winery 2015 Vin de Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.9% (USA) $22.00.
89 City Winery 2012 Brut Nature, North Fork of Long Island 12% (USA) $49.00.
88 City Winery NV Chazak Red Dessert Wine 15.5% (USA) $25.00.
94 City Winery NV Chazak Dessert Wine, California 15.51% (USA) $25.00.
90 City Winery 2015 Vin de Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.9% (USA) $22.00.
91 City Winery 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $38.00.
90 City Winery 2016 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
93 City Winery 2016 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
91 City Winery 2016 Hyland Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 12.8% (USA) $36.00.
87 City Winery 2017 Rooftop Rosé, Syrah, North Coast 12.5% (USA) $17.00.
87 City Winery 2016 Downtown Local Alder Springs Vineyard, Roussanne, Mendocino 14.2% (USA) $.00.
93 City Winery 2015 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Syrah, Mendocino 14.1% (USA) $38.00.
92 Wiseman Cabernet 2012 Haystack Peak Vineyards Kosher Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.