TN: 2016 Briceland Vineyards Pinot Noir Alderpoint Vineyard

  • 2016 Briceland Vineyards Pinot Noir Alderpoint Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Humboldt County (3/4/2021)
    So this got extended decanting, but not by design. I popped yesterday thinking a glass might have went with dinner, then I decided I wasn’t in the mood for wine so it got the Vacu Vin treatment. Now, 24 hours later bottle decant, and 18 holes of golf later, no food today later, I am ready to devour this with dinner. And, its going with a finger food dinner, house made pigs in a blanket and potato croquettes. The wine is pretty opaque but looks like it shouldn’t be, kinda has a hazy ruby glow in the glass with light yet can’t see through. Swirls medium light. Nose is soft cherry, more pie based but not jammy. The more tart country pie style. Some wafting notes of sweet vanilla and an earthiness underneath. Not a dense forest floor, more your walking through a cartoonish hollow like the seven dwarfs for what that’s worth. Its been a day and feels elegant but with a kick. The fruit is softer cherry, welcoming and not in your face. The acidity and tartness provide a nice kick up, soft in tannin, and holds form in texture to complement the fruit. Not the longest finish however satisfying with the fruit leading, some twizzler down the stretch, and then a last blast of tart and acid. Nice wine, rare I let things decant like this blind and I enjoyed it. I have a few more and look forward to them.

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I had this last year and saw similar notes to yours - nice development after some decanting. It was a berserker day purchase and I grabbed some more this BD as well.

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Thx, these do very well for me. Hit a lot of notes i like. I’ve been drinking Briceland overall through quite a few BDs now and they have evolved to their own section in the cellar. I just cycle through. Some get more age time than others. Regardless I enjoy them all at a given time for what they bring to the table younger or older and its solid juice. You can’t go wrong.