Friday, January 15, 2010

Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir.

I knocked off my oldest bottle of Pinot Noir tonight, a 2000 Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir. This wine is brilliant. Similar to the Aurora, reviewed below, the cherry fruit is now in the background, replaced by wonderful complex forest floor flavours. The wine is alive and has this ethereal character, present in great Pinot. The wine retains interest as it rolls down the palate. The tannins are very silky, leading to a long finish.

I have always thought that Martinborough is the best Pinot Noir region in the Southern Hemisphere or at least Ata Rangi and Martinborough Vineyard are two very outstanding producers. Why don't I buy more of their wines? Big mistake.

This was a terrific experience.

Score: 96/+++

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