Alamitos is a Portuguese-influenced vineyard situated on the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains within the Bay Space’s Santa Clara Valley. It’s a comparatively obscure AVA, though contemplating its best-known resident is Ridge, there’s clearly some distinctive high quality available right here.
Alamitos despatched us three of its latest releases for consideration. Ideas observe.
2020 Alamitos Laura’s Love Rose Wine Santa Clara Valley – A rose of 100% Portuguese Touriga Nacional. A bit astringent and difficult, this rose doesn’t absolutely gel, providing notes of ruddy earth paired with chewy, barely stewed fruits. Notes of contemporary hibiscus give the nostril a carry, however they don’t observe by way of absolutely on the palate, which feels barely doughy and vague. A tough promote at this worth. B- / $45
2020 Alamitos White Egret Sauvignon Blanc Santa Clara Valley – An approachable if comparatively vague sauvignon blanc, it is a sharp wine with ample acidity and mineral notes, doughy with some almond notes — turning frivolously tropical because it develops on the palate. Clear and refreshing on the end, frivolously grassy, and fairly versatile. B+ / $42
2019 Alamitos Hawk Eye Syrah Santa Clara Valley – Dense and beefy, this comes throughout as a traditional (if blunt) expression of syrah, mild balsamic notes main right into a denser currant and black cherry character, encumbered with notes of roasted meat and thorny brambles. There’s sweetness and tart acidity within the combine, but it surely all comes collectively a bit haphazardly, with notes of bitter orange peel lingering on the end. B / $65