Alba Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir
Cherries -- both fresh and dried -- are joined by beautiful, mushroomy earthy notes and some higher-toned cranberry aromas.
The palate is less fruity at first, instead driven by earthy forest floor/dried leaf flavors. Fresh and juicy, with some air, some cranberry and dried cherry qualities emerge, framed by medium-light tannins that seem barrel born. Elegant and long, the finish is low on fruitiness but shows a nice little blend of grip and acidity.
Finding pinot noir that tastes like pinot noir at this price point has been one of the real surprises of my foray into New Jersey wine.
Producer: Alba Vineyard
Region: Warren Hills AVA (New Jersey)