Canterbury, New Zealand
Pinot Noir
Pure rust red to crimson color, not much purple and takes on burnt orange shades at the rims, looks like a maturing wine. Very smoky nose, can be overpowering at times, metallic shavings and minerals, dried out potpourri, the cherry to red berry fruit has a roasted character, all jutting angles, not much to relax with. Medium-bodied, however, loses appreciable weight as well as flavor intensity through the finish. Here, at least during the mouth entry, you get more candied cherry, raspberry to blueberry fruit. Not herbaceous but does display a brine like element. The smokiness less dominant but consistent, biggest at the end. Foursquare, does not leave the impression that it was highly nuanced in its youth. (Screwcap)
86 points