2007 Galante Vineyards Almond Flat Pinot Noir

Mission Codename: A Cowboy’s Burgundy

Operative: Agent White

Objective: Return to our friends at Galante Vineyards and secure an exclusive allocation of their fantastic Almond Flat Pinot Noir..

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: Galante Vineyards

Wine Subject: 2007 Almond Flat Estate Pinot Noir

Winemaker: Greg Vita

Backgrounder: Our Operatives know that we arehuge fans of Galante wines. We have featured a handful of Galante wines in the past, and today marks the return of their delicious Almond Flat Carmel Valley Pinot Noir. Monterey County in general, and the Carmel Valley specifically is rapidly emerging as an ideal climate for exceptional Pinot Noir. The Wine Spies have featured several Monterey County Pinots and, every time, our Operatives have scooped them up enthusiastically.

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Dark ruby red with a slight garnet tint. Brilliantly clear in its heart with bright streaks when held to the light and when swirled, tightly spaced thin legs hang on the side of the glass before slowly descending to the wine below.

Smell – Remarkably complex on the nose with the spiced red fruit including red and Bing cherry hitting first but lingering just underneath are earthy undertones, hints of black tea and cola, wild anise and other green herbs and toasted oak that reveals a touch of vanilla creme and caramel.

Feel – Smooth and supple on the initial attack with this wine’s fine tannins and balanced acidity hitting mid-palate along with a soft textured mineral character.

Taste – Tart and spiced red cherry lead the way and are followed by notes of hot and exotic spice. Complex earthiness, wild anise and black tea emerge and are followed by hints of toasted oak.

Finish – Ultra clean and medium-long in length with hints of tart and spiced red fruit lingering on the palate as the textured minerals and finely grained tannins dry the palate and invite another sip. As this wine fades, the other complex flavors and aromas linger.

Conclusion – Once again, The Wine Spies are greatly impressed with this Cowboy Pinot! The2007 Galante Vineyards Almond Flat Estate Pinot Noir is a classic at a very affordable price. Great aromas and flavors, soft on the attack but still well structured with enough acidity to hold up as a great wine to pair with food. And clean on the finish to boot. Enjoy this wine today with your appetizer course or cellar for a few years and see how it continues to evolve.

Mission Report:

Wine Spies Vineyard Check:

The approximate location of the Galante Vineyards in Carmel Valley can be seen in this satellite photo.

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