2 days open and nose is only a touch subdued. Still noticeable red fruit and cherry with notes of spice and savoury forest funk. Palate has a real mouth-filling voluptuousness that appeals but perhaps not the fine texture that I look for. Red fruits and sourish cherry with dusty fine tannins but still vibrant balancing acidity.
Ruby red with touches of garnet on the rim indicating its age. Nose is savoury and earthy with dark berry fruit and cinnamon highlights with light almost floral elements as a counterpoint. Sweet red berry on the front palate moving towards a spicy mid with a long earthy finish touched by sour cherry. Fresh acidity and fine tannin structure have this wine in full balance. A bit of a green light for any of those still wondering at the cellaring potential of Kiwi pinot.
The color is just barely translucent, dark for a pinot. It is ruby red in the center trending to pink before it disappears at the edges.
The nose is very promising. It is not just fruit and tea. There is fruit, no question, dark cherries and strawberries, but there is also old leather, mesquite smoke, and an old velvet dress from the back of the closet.
On the palate this one falls back a little, a little more like the typical $30 pinot than the nose seemed to promise. It doesn't fall all the way back, mind you, but a little. Cherries are there, but dark ones, barely ripe and tart. Strawberries are there, too, but little ones, fresh farm berries mixed half and half with tiny sour wild ones. There is smoked meat, too. Not juicy meat, the smoky edges and ends, more meat flavored smoke than smoke flavored meat. There is also a hint of sea salt, most noticeable if you let a drop dry at the rim for a few minutes then put your lips back to the glass. That old velvet is there, too, a dusty musky earthy flavor coming mostly from dusty sweet tannins. This is getting better. It has the classic pinot arc, growing from the time you first sip through a long glowing finish.
I hope this holds up on Night Two. Perhaps a more immediate fear- I hope it lasts until Night Two.
The nose has not changed much. Cherries and strawberries, leather and smoke. It is still lovely.
Nope, this really has not changed much from Night One to Night Two. It still bridges generic pinot to good pinot, bringing cherries/strawberreis and black tea, your generic stand-bys, with earth and smoked meat. I think this is the first time I have seen so little change from Night One to Night Two. What does that mean for aging? I don't know, but if you have a few botles of this why would you wait? It is quit
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(Ata Rangi Wild Earth Pinot Noir (Central Otago)) There is a little more colour here than found in the Crimson, but it is still quite a transparent wine. It has rather subdued fruit on the nose. Again, here we have a rather chalky element to the palate, and I feel it lacks concentration. There is a slightly bitter edge to the structure, and a bit of grip. It seems a little harshly composed. It isn't to my tastes.