This winery has been sold.
Located in the Edna Valley AVA of San Luis Obispo County, Domaine Alfred makes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winery’s first vintage was produced in 1998. From the beginning, they have focused on using estate grapes from Chamisal Vineyard.
The Chamisal property also has an interesting history. Originally planted in 1972, it fell into disrepair until it was bought by Terry Speizer in 1994. Two years later, Mr. Speizer began the meticulous process of replanting the correct clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Pinot Noir in particular is a genetically unstable varietal and has over 1,200 different known clones and mutations. Needless to say, it was a cerebral process. He has since added some Pinot Gris and Grenache to the mix as well.
Speizer produced the 1998-2000 vintages himself before hiring Mike Sinor and then Fintan du Fresne to take over winemaking duties. Du Fresne is originally from New Zealand and previously worked for Calera and Adelaida before coming to Domaine Alfred.
The winery’s 2004 Cahmisal Vineyard Pinot Noir received the #51 spot on Wine Spectator’s 2006 Top 100 list. This wine was aged in French oak and was not filtered or fined before bottling. 2,150 cases were produced.