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2009 Felton Road Pinot Noir Block 5 Central Otago
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2010

($79) Bright, deep medium red. Aromas of dark raspberry, smoke, earth and flinty minerality showed more pinot lift and perfume with aeration. Then silky, suave and dry on the palate, with superb depth to its youthful, fleshy raspberry fruit. Finishes very long and subtle, with impressively suave tannins. This initially showed less energy than my Block 3 bottle but gained in lift with 24 hours in the recorked bottle and became less earth-bound. These two wines, from Felton Road's estate Elms vineyard in Bannockburn, are consistently among New Zealand's most exciting pinots. (Wilson Daniels Ltd., St. Helena CA)

93 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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New Zealand's ocean-influenced climate--markedly cooler than that of its neighbor Australia--yields wines with admirable fruit intensity and crisp acidity. Fully two-thirds of New Zealand's wine production is white, and more than half of the wine it ships to America is Sauvignon Blanc. The U.S. market has developed a major thirst for these juicy, fresh New Zealand Sauvignons, which are mostly free of oak influence. But New Zealand Pinot Noir, too, is growing...
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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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