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2010 Felton Road Pinot Noir Block 5 Central Otago
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2012

Good dark red.  Deep aromas of briary raspberry, dark chocolate, cola and underbrush.  Densely packed and rich in extract, with dark berry and earth flavors complicated by a smoky minerality.  This has more depth and concentration than all but a handful of New Zealand pinots.  Finishes very long, sweet and thick, with plenty of energy for aging.  (An earlier bottling was every bit as satisfying and even more appealing in its youth.  It showed a candied character on the nose followed by a supersweet, plush, creamy palate, with lovely depth and just enough restraint to its concentrated red and darker berry flavors. I would have been tempted to drink this bottle over the next few years for its uncanny sweetness of fruit.)

92 Points | Wine Spectator
92+ 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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