2008 Tarras Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

  • New Zealand
  • South Island
  • Otago
  • Central Otago
Drink between 2012 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 12

  • Merengue Likes this wine: 91 points

    February 25, 2015 - Unscrewed and poured, this is just singing, wonderful red berry fruits, spices, minerality and acidity. This may be at its peak now so enjoy and consume over the next year at most. It did start feeling a bit flat and losing the fruit after about 90 mins open. Really really good bottle tonight.

  • Merengue wrote: 90 points

    March 11, 2013 - Fully agree with Ecola's note. This has a nice balance of red fruits, spice, minerality and acidity. A bit short on the finish with soft tannins but very pleasant at five years old. Very oregonian. Nice surprise.

  • ecola Likes this wine: 90 points

    November 26, 2012 - Aromas of fresh red berries and a fair amount of herb and spice. Drinking great right now. Smooth mouthfeel and soft tannins. Acidity comes in on the finish.

  • ecola Likes this wine: 89 points

    August 30, 2012 - A very nice wine. Soft red cherry with some strawberry. A little bit of minerality and herbs keep this well balanced. Acidity on the finish makes this a pleasant food wine.

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  • lifeattable wrote: 90 points

    August 19, 2012 - This wine opens up nicely with a short decant. Lots of barnyard funk on the nose, mixed with some floral and caramel notes. (Caramel barnyard - what more could you ask for?!?) Palate is very juicy, with roses, cherry fruits, good acidity, and smooth tannins. Overall, a delicious new world Pinot. 88-91pts.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2009 (link) 16+ points

    (Tarras Vineyards Pinot Noir (Central Otago)) Bottled under screwcap. A blend from the Steppes and Canyon vineyards, the wine spent 10 months in oak, 30% new. It has a vibrant hue, with only moderate density typical for Pinot Noir. The nose has a good combination of smoky cranberry fruit and mushroom, with a creamy-glycerol, honeyed edge. With a little time it shows more coffee and raspberry notes, but always with that sweet-crunchy paradox that defines many Otago Pinots I think. Fleshy but balanced, crisp and crunchy, this wine shows a gentle extract and core of tannins through the midpalate, underpinning a wealth of mushroom, olive, coffee and cranberry character. Lots of sappy fruit at the finish, lots of punch and grip, with a tightly compacted closure. Good wine, nicely evolved and with harmonious structure, this is ready to go now.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tarras
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country New Zealand
  • Region South Island
  • SubRegion Otago
  • Appellation Central Otago

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 32 (24%)
  • Consumed 102 (76%)

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