Top quality NZ and US Pinot Noirs and Burgundies, with an old Loire to finish (Tinakori Bistro, Wellington): Deep red colour. An intriguing, perfumed and spicy nose packed full of black fruit, figs and liquorice. On palate, there is some sweetness suggested. This is a profound and seriously structured pinot noir with real power, mid palate depth and length. The flavours are black fruits - almost crème de cassis - and game meats. Lovely texture. Tasters suggest Dry River, but most are saying Oregon. On the reveal it is Peter's young Willamette Valley pinot noir, with seemingly plenty of stuffing for many years in the cellar.
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(Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard Reserve Yamhill-Carlton) A two barrel selection from the oldest vines in the vineyard that came in at a mere one ton per acre in 2011, it’s more aromatically restrained and brooding than its non-reserve counterpart with notes of dark cherries, chocolate, smoke, mesquite, and spice. The palate is medium-plus bodied, somewhat more plump in feel, with a firm squeeze of oak-driven tannins and a finish that just doesn’t quit. 100% Pinot Noir. 13.8% alcohol. 50 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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