The 2009 Alvarez de Toledo was bottled just a week before the wine was presented but seems to be showing no symptoms of distress. Balsamic, leather, and black fruits are the principal notes struck by this suave effort that over-delivers in a big way. Like its older sibling, it can be enjoyed now but will have more to say in 2-3 years.
91 Points Wine Advocate
Good full red. Aromas of cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate. Juicy, spicy and a bit herbal initially, but took on a creamier texture with aeration. Still, this finishes a bit edgy.
87 Points Stephen Tanzer
Tea, tomato, raspberry and spice aromas are typical for Leyda Pinot. The body is a bit light and hollow, but that also means it’s not heavy. Raspberry and spiced tea flavors control the palate, while plum, spice and light herb flavors work the almost dilute finish.
87 Points Wine Enthusiast