Alba Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir

89 points

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)
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $25

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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