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Replenish Your Pinot: Your Next Great Bottle Is Here - 11/29/2019 - Pinot Noir (domestic)

If you are anything like us, the Pinots in your cellar took a significant hit with Thanksgiving. Following the axiom that no home is a happy home without a good bottle of Pinot in reserve*, we’ve assembled a collection of our favorite expressions from around the globe. This is an excellent opportunity to replenish all those bottles that went missing somewhere between first and third (ok, fourth) helpings.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2017 Lynmar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 97 $44.95 View
2017 Three Sticks "Price Family Estates" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 97 $54.95 View
2016 Hirsch Estate "San Andreas Fault" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 $59.95 View
2014 Cristom "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $50) 95 Price: Hidden View
2015 Broadley "Marcile Lorraine" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $50) 94 Price: Hidden View
2016 Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 96 $39.95 View
2017 Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Clos St-Denis Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 93 $399.99 View
2016 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Champans" 95 $219.99 View
2016 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Frémiets" 93 $189.99 View
2016 Domaine Trapet Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin "Ostrea" 92 Price: Hidden View
2017 Domaine Perrot-Minot Bourgogne Rouge 94 $54.99 View
2018 Bodega Chacra "Cincuenta y Cinco" Pinot Noir Rio Negro Patagonia 98 $49.99 View
2017 Akitu "A1" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Black Label) 95 $34.99 View
2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "SV5182 - Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough 96 $39.99 View
2018 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic) 96 $59.99 View


2017 Lynmar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($44.95)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a powerful blend of vineyard sites across the appellation. Tart red fruit and citrus flavors are drawn out by a tense line of crushed stone on the firm palate, with accents of warm spice and white pepper lingering on the finish. *Editors Choice* (VB)" (10/2019)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 24, 2019

We have long worked with Lynmar's wines (when we can get our hands on them) and I was thrilled to see this beautiful Russian River bottling get a HUGE score from Wine Enthusiast! We immediately grabbed as much wine as possible. It's a perfect rendition of Pinot from this region with bright red cherry and raspberry fruit, savory bramble leaf, baking spice, loamy earth and silky plush tannins. The wine is bursting with red fruits, but the extraction and ripeness is beautifully judged so the wine doesn't feel heavy or sappy; instead it feels vibrant and energized. It's already showing beautifully as a young wine but I'm sure it will continue to become even more layered and complex with time in bottle. Very nicely done.

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2017 Three Sticks "Price Family Estates" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($54.95)

97 points Decanter: "Even in potentially cool zones like the foggy Sonoma Coast, there's always a breadth and a grandeur to California's finest Pinot Noirs. What our judges liked so much about this example was the fact that its fundamental scale was no impediment to a sense of finesse and refinement in the fruit. You'll find almost perfumed, violet-and-rose scents behind the fresh plum, while on the palate this is a concentrated and vivacious wine with resonant black-fruit acidity, light tannins, delicious underlying sweetness and mouthwatering purity and freshness." (05/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This youthful wine is from several properties owned by the producer, including the Walala, Gaps Crown, Durell and One Sky Vineyards. Earth, clove and tree bark tones provide a savory edge of complexity, followed by focused elements of baking spice, orange, pomegranate and strawberry. Structured yet bright, it is cohesive and delicious. (VB)" (07/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Luxurious flavors of blueberry, kirsch and dark cherry glide across the palate, with an enveloping creamy texture. Dark chocolate, spice and mocha details show on the fresh, juicy finish. (KM, Web Only-2019)"

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from a site on the Sonoma Coast, the 2017 Pinot Noir Price Family Estates sports a medium ruby, moderately translucent color as well as a spice, black cherry, incense, and dried underbrush-driven profile. Textured, medium-bodied, and seamless on the palate, it's beautifully balanced and a smoking little wine." (11/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Pinot Noir Price Family Estates is medium ruby colored and features allspice and nutmeg touches with concentrated cranberry sauce, red cherry preserves, baked blackberries, cola and woodsmoke. Light to medium-bodied with tons of spicy fruit layers in the mouth, it has a supporting frame of grainy tannins and lip-smacking acidity with a long-lingering finish. (EB)" (04/2019)

93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Pinot Noir Price Family Estates is a pretty rich, big wine in this range. Ample in body and expansive, the 2017 packs a real punch. Dark red cherry fruit, dried flowers, herbs and crushed rocks, along with the wine's potent tannins convey an impression of brooding power. I would give the 2017 a few years in bottle to come into its own. The 2017 is built around a core of fruit from the Walala Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, with touches from Gaps Crown, Durell, and One Sky. (AG)" (05/2019)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 21, 2019

A powerful, serious, structured Pinot Noir with dark, intense forest berry fruit with real depth and brooding, layered character. Some briary, stemmy components add complexity and texture. More floral, high-toned elements emerge with air. On the finish - spiced citrus peel and dried herbs kick in as the wine resonates long and assertive on the palate. A great candidate for mid-term cellaring but also delicious now with and good decant. Serious stuff from Three Sticks.

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2016 Hirsch Estate "San Andreas Fault" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($59.95)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium ruby colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault is youthfully shy on the nose, giving up strawberry and raspberry preserves, bergamot, amaro, rose petals, charcuterie and pipe tobacco. The light to medium-bodied palate offers nuanced red fruits with firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a bitters note. (EB) 93+" (04/2019)

93 points Vinous: "Hirsch's Pinot Noir Estate San Andreas Fault is absolutely gorgeous in 2016. The flavors are bold, punchy and super-expressive. More importantly, I see more depth and complexity than in the past. Black cherry, plum, lavender and spice all race out of the glass. Pliant, deep and inviting, the 2016 is arrestingly beautiful. The decision to bottle early, with 11 months in oak as opposed to 18-20 as was previously the norm, paid off big time. (AG)" (05/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Strawberry puree, raspberry, mint and sage adorn up-front acidity in this focused, fresh and delicately framed wine named for the infamous earthquake fault. Crisp and light as cucumber, it sizzles in earthy energy. (VB)" (04/2019)

K&L Notes: Hirsch Estate has become the standard bearer for the terroir of far west Sonoma County and the San Andreas Fault Pinot is what the winery considers its flagship wine, as it is pulled from many different blocks from the 72 acres of estate vineyards. According to the winery, "the vineyard has a fearsome diversity of soils, aspects, elevations and microclimates. This complexity defines our farming and winemaking practices: each block was individually developed and is now farmed, harvested and vinified separately. In our 2016 Pinot Noirs, you will find the dark intensity of our 2015s, with the lift and energy of the 2014s."

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2014 Cristom "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $50) Price: Hidden

95 points Vinous: "Bright red. Suave, smoke-accented aromas of raspberry preserves, pungent flowers, incense and cola, along with a hint of allspice in the background. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering intense red berry, allspice and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened by a jolt of zesty acidity. Shows superb clarity and spicy bite on a long, penetrating finish shaped by silky, even tannins. The interplay of power and finesse here is really something. (JR)" (01/2018)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Cristoms estate blend is firm and concentrated, laced with whole-cluster spice notes of rye, smoke, olive and caraway. The spice adorns dark fruit that practically bristles with potential energy, as if all the wind that passed over the estate is somehow stored in the bottle. Its lean and savory, umami all the way, with an inky depth that suggests great aging potential." (10/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Expressive rose petal and black cherry aromas lead to plush and complex raspberry, spice box and dark tea flavors that gain momentum toward polished tannins. (TF)" (02/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Half of this wine was fermented with whole clusters and native yeasts then aged for 18 months in 41% new French oak. Its dusty raspberry aromas lead to a midpalate rich with crushed red fruit flavors. It finishes with a savory suggestion of chicken stock, along with well-modulated, drying tannins. (PG)" (02/2018)

91 points James Suckling: "What a beautifully floral nose with orchid, pressed violets, lavender and brambleberries. Compact and medium-bodied this is lined by fine tannins and fresh acidity which brings things to an almond-like finish." (12/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of the four estate single vineyards. Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Estate is a little mute at this stage, offering notions of cranberries and red currants over earth aromas of tree bark, moss, truffles and Provence herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate is restrained with a quiet intensity of red berry and earthy flavors, supported by fine-grained tannins and lively acid, finishing long. (LPB)" (08/2017)

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2019

I had the pleasure of visiting Cristom a couple of years ago, and tasting several wines from the barrel alongside the finished products. Not only do they have a beautiful estate, but the wines are fabulous. This 2014 Estate Pinot Noir is a perfect introduction to Cristom. 2014 brought rich fruit, though the Cristom style is more restrained and structured than most, so the combination was dynamite. A few years down the road, and this wine has integrated beautifully.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 30, 2018

An absolute knockout from Cristom! A rare bottling from them made possible by the exceptional quality of the 2014 vintage that has gone down as one of the best in recent history. This wine is composed of all estate fruit from Cristom's diverse patchwork of blocks in the Eola-Amity Hills. Fruit from these blocks typically goes into their top tier single block releases: Eileen, Jessie, Marjorie, and Louise. However in 2014 they chose to take some of those best barrels and make a wine that faithfully represented the entire estate in one wine; the result is this 2nd ever release of an "Estate" bottling that encompasses all their Pinot Noir blocks. The result is simply stunning. Crunchy forest berries, black cherry, hard ground spice, sandalwood, bramble, dark rose petals and forest floor. The wine has reams of whole cluster derived tannin and beautiful aromatic lift. It still feels youthfully compact and focused but its potential is unfurling by the day. I think it has at least a decade of beautiful drinking ahead of it. On a recent trip to the Willamette Valley I tasted several hundred top Pinot Noirs and this wine made my top three.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 25, 2018

Ive been a fan of the Cristom Pinot Noirs ever since I tasted my first bottle in 1996 at the Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. While the setting couldnt be beat the wine held its own. I was dining at a Swiss restaurant at the hotel. The waiter recommended it to pair with my first foray into the Swiss delicacy of Raclette; melted cheese scraped onto a plate of boiled potatoes, pickled onions, and cornishons. Ill never forget that meal, or that wine. This is a world class Pinot Noir producer.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 24, 2018

The nose is full of earth, smoke and intrigue backed by hints of menthol and touches of wood. On the palate the wine shows lots of structure, more earth, spice and a bit of grit while the fruit slowly develops. This is a complex, dry and earthy wine that is more savory than fruit driven, I like its grit and intrigue but this isnt a cocktail Pinot this is made for food, for some reason or another Im thinking venison stew, but any sort of a gamey stew would work. Good finish, nice balance.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 24, 2018

This might be the best drinking current release that I have had from Oregon! I love the translucent ruby color, the complex nose of red cherry, bacon and vanilla as well as the developed, silky texture. While I was tasting it, all I could think about is Oregon plank salmon, and how well this purely Oregonian wine would go with the noble, grilled on the wood fish.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 24, 2018

Cristom has knocked it out of the park on this estate offering. This combo of their single vineyards comes together with tremendous grace. The 2014 vintage in Oregon can be quite ripe and there is certainly no shortage of beautiful fruit here, but there is also savor and freshness. The alcohol is supremely well managed for such a ripe vintage coming in at a modest 13.5 and allowing the incredible terroir of Eola Amity Hills to shine. Considering I'm still drinking my 2008 Cristom pinots to great enjoyment, I expect these beauties to last a very long time.

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2015 Broadley "Marcile Lorraine" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $50) Price: Hidden

94 points Vinous: "Shimmering red. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of raspberry liqueur, cherry, incense and exotic spices. Silky and expansive in the mouth, offering intense red fruit, floral pastille, star anise and vanilla flavors that pick up a smoky nuance as the wine opens up. Finishes on a spicy note, delivering outstanding, floral- and mineral-tinged persistence. This Pinot's blend of depth and finesse is quite something. (JR)" (06/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Forward and fruit-driven, the flavors here touch on strawberry, cherry and tangy tangerine. It's a juicy ripe delicious bottle, balanced and ready for near-term drinking. Enjoy this excellent wine from now on into the early 2020s, when it should be at its best. (PG)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: Broadley is a 100% family owned/operated vineyard and winery established in 1981 located in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Their first vintage was 1986. The estate vineyard is farmed using sustainable farming practices and they use organic material to promote healthy growth in their vines. Sustainability is a part of how they run their winery. Named for co-founder Craig Broadley’s mother. Produced from the same block of old vine Pinot Noir. They use a cooler fermentation, tighter-grained wood, and low toast barrels. The result is a big, jammy, spicy, wine with of upfront dark fruit character. Drink now thru 2030.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 26, 2019

This single-vineyard wine possesses the greatest amount of high-toned fruits such as raspberries and strawberries. Red fruits abound here. True to its Willamette Valley roots, it still has that lovely touch of wood spice and forest floor. But the persistence on the palate drives the main theme of creamy red fruit compote. The wine just glides over the tongue leaving a long delicious finish of fresh berries with a hint of red and green apples. This is probably the most appropriate selection in terms of short-term drinking. Its just too delicious to hold on to.

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2016 Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir ($39.95)

96 points James Suckling: "Incredible clarity and purity of dark red cherries on the nose here. This is a stunning young pinot. The palate has a very plush, fleshy and concentrated core of rich black cherries with toasty oak spice overlaid. Long, noble tannins. This is exceptional. Drink or hold." (10/2018)

92 points Vinous: "Deep bright-hued red. Fresh red and blue fruits, pungent flowers, star anise, sassafras and a hint of smoky minerals on the deeply perfumed nose. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering intense boysenberry and black raspberry flavors that are lifted and sharpened by a spine of zesty acidity. The spice and floral notes come back strong on an impressively long, seamless finish, where silky tannins sneak in late. (JR)" (01/2019)

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2017 Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Clos St-Denis Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes ($399.99)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here too discreet but not invisible wood frames spicy aromas of dark cherry, plum, tea and pretty floral wisps. There is good intensity to the sleek, delicious and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess the best mid-palate density of the entire range, all wrapped in a mildly tangy but not drying finish that also offers the best length in the range as well." (01/2019)

K&L Notes: 95-98 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "The vines were planted in 1905. The colour is an attractive rich mid purple. The nose is truly magisterial. Heady ripe red fruit, too well bred to count as an explosion of fruit. Too intense to be described as floral. Lovely balancing acidity and exceptional length. Hedonism in its optimal rather than maximal form. Tasted: November 2018."

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2016 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Champans" ($219.99)

92-95 points Vinous: "Bright, dark red-ruby. Medicinal blueberry and licorice aromas are lifted by a minty high note; less showy and more restrained on the nose than the Taillepieds and Caillerets today. Then wonderfully dense, primary and pure on the palate, but more vertical and less opulent than the Taillepieds and Caillerets. Strong mineral energy accentuates the impression of vibrancy. A bit less open to inspection today owing to its firm tannic spine. (ST)" (01/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Pure and intense, featuring cherry, black currant and violet aromas and flavors, this red is seductive and approachable despite its youth. The solid structure is seamlessly integrated and bodes well for future development. Shows terrific harmony and expression. (BS)" (01/2019)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A fresh yet notably ripe nose is composed by liqueur-like aromas of plum, spice and earth. The delicious, refined and once again strikingly pure flavors are a bit less muscular and mineral-driven than those of the Taillepieds yet the tannic spine shaping the lingering if ever-so-slightly warm finish is just as firm. This is going to require at least moderate patience before it begins to be approachable. *Sweet Spot, Outstanding*" (04/2018)

93 points Decanter: "The Champans is excellent this year, opening in the glass with a complex bouquet of plums, cassis, rich soil, espresso and blood orange, framed by new oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, powerful and concentrated, with a layered and rich impression, its tannins cloaked in a deep core of succulent fruit. (WK)" (10/2017)

93 points John Gilman: "The domaines holdings in Champans were one of the vineyards where only the lower twenty percent of the rows were frosted and Guillaume dAngerville felt he was very lucky in this regard. The wine is very black fruity in personality this year, offering up scents of cassis, dark berries, venison, dark soil tones, coffee bean and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and ripely structured, with a rock solid core, fine focus and grip and a long, promising finish. This will need a good decade to start to blossom, but will be long-lived." (12/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In contrast to the precocious 2017, the 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans is tight-knit and reserved and will demand patience. Offering up aromas of plums, cherries, violets, dark chocolate and forest floor, the wine is, medium to full-bodied, chewy and firm, with lovely depth at the core but an imposing, muscular chassis of fine-grained tannin that asserts itself on the finish. I have no concerns about the balance of this Champans, but readers should plan on waiting at least a dozen years before pulling corks. (WK) 93+" (01/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson. Quite complex nose with meat-and-two-veg notes. Polished red-cherry fruit with a slightly drying note on the end. Time needed! He sees it as a paradigm of Volnay premier cru. Good energy. Lovely balance. 17.5/20 points. (JR)" (11/2017)

K&L Notes: 93-95 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Long rows, with just the lower part suffering from the frost, on deeper clay soil at the bottom, poorer soil above. Medium crimson colour, interesting complex aromatics with both fruit and flowers. Some more tannin here, interesting breadth of flavour and length." (1/2018) 91-93 points Neal Martin: "The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans has a much more introspective bouquet, broody at first and only reluctantly opening. There is plenty of black fruit here, but it is tightly coiled. The palate is more open and cannot disguise the plush blackberry and raspberry fruit. Perhaps compared to the Taillepieds it has less tension and nervosité? Conversely, while the nose is bashful, you end up appreciating the generosity on the finish but I wonder whether the Taillepieds will ultimately bestow the most intellect and terroir expression?" (Wine Advocate, 12/2017)

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2016 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Frémiets" ($189.99)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A background note of menthol sits atop the spicy combination of floral and the pure essence of dark pinot fruit. The highly energetic and equally pure middle weight flavors brim with minerality on the beautifully refined, saline and even firmer finish that also exhibits a trace of youthful austerity. This well-balanced effort is really quite lovely and very Frémiets in character. *Outstanding*" (04/2018)

91-93 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Brooding aromas of black cherry, blueberry and violet. Dense, sappy Volnay with compelling sweetness to its dark berry fruit. Finishes with dusty, broad tannins and good saline lift. The estate lost 25% of this parcel to frost, but Guillaume d'Angerville told me that the ultimate crop was actually larger than he thought it would be during the summer. (ST)" (01/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets offers a mixture of red and black fruit on the nose, quite floral with hints of crushed violet and rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasant fleshy mouthfeel. This is not a deep Fremiets, but there are fine-boned tannins and it is potentially a pretty and feminine Volnay with a touch of piquancy on the finish. Lovely. (NM)" (12/2017)

91 points Decanter: "Like the premier cru blend, Fremiets is quite fragrant and expressive this year, offering up notes of plum, raspberry, raw cocoa and a touch of violets. The wine is deeper, more concentrated and taut on the palate, with a firm chassis of tannin which is likely to become more integrated after racking and further élevage. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040." (10/2017)

91 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Fremiets has a nice sense of black fruity sappiness to it on both the nose and palate. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of cassis, black cherries, venison, espresso, dark sol tones, a dollop of spicy new oak and a topnote of fresh herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, full, pure and sappy, with good focus and grip and a long, ripely tannic finish. This will be very good in the fullness of time. 2025-2060." (12/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Bright mid crimson. Very expressive and pure on the nose. Bitter cherry. Very crystalline and pure and stony. Chapeau! 17/20 points. (JR)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: 93 points Jasper Morris (MW) : "Mid slope, small stones, very little topsoil. Vibrant crimson purple with an exuberant dark raspberry nose, some youthful astringence with fresh mineral finish, perhaps a touch saline. But all the elements are there to make a fine Volnay." (1/2018)

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2016 Domaine Trapet Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin "Ostrea" Price: Hidden

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 'Ostrea' has a more complex bouquet than the regular Gevrey Village cru, leaning a little more to the red side of the fruit spectrum than the black, with chalk and limestone scents emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin, a fresh line of acidity, quite pure in the mouth with a silky smooth finish that lingers. I love the mineralité here. (NM)" (12/2017)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is presently reduced but the underlying fruit seems ripe. Otherwise there is better mid-palate concentration to the more evident mineral-inflected flavors that possess a relatively polished mouthfeel thanks to the fine grain of the supporting tannins, all wrapped in a beautifully long and complex finish. This is quite linear at present and will need a few years of bottle age to flesh out. Excellent quality here. *Outstanding, Top Value*" (01/2018)

91 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Ostrea bottling from Jean-Louis Trapet is a fine wine in the making, but it is more structured and reserved at the present time than the straight Gevrey. The bouquet is still quite primary, but with a bit of coaxing offers up scents of black cherries, grilled meats, a fine base of black minerality, espresso, a bit of bonfire and a discreet framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep full-bodied and quite closed at the present time, with a rock solid core, fine soil signature, ripe, well-integrated tannins and impressive length and grip on the wellbalanced and youthful finish. This will be an outstanding example, but give it some time!" (11/2017)

88-90 points Vinous: "(12.7% alcohol; vinified with 40% whole clusters): Medium red. Musky scents of raspberry, smoke and black olive reminded me of Syrah. Suave and seamless in the mouth, conveying a ripe chocolatey quality as well as good herbal lift. More spicy and serious than the basic village offering but also more imploded today. Finishes with dusty tannins and an element of youthful austerity. (ST)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: Note: from very old vines situated mostly in or near Brochon, and Trapet notes that a high percentage are more than 90 years of age. 92 points, Jasper Morris (MW): "This comes from the Brochon side from vineyards such as En Derey, Champerriers, Le Clos where the subsoil is predominantly ostrea accuminata. Much deeper denser colour, with a powerful dark red and blueberry fruit then some tannins and a drier finish more typical of Gevrey. Much more structure than the straight Gevrey and with a sense of mineral precision." (01/2018)

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2017 Domaine Perrot-Minot Bourgogne Rouge ($54.99)

92-94 points Vinous: "The 2017 Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes has quite a candied, red cherry and orange zest bouquet, exotic for its class, revealing hints of fig in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with soft red fruit, lower acidity than expected and a confit-like finish. (NM)" (01/2019)

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2018 Bodega Chacra "Cincuenta y Cinco" Pinot Noir Rio Negro Patagonia ($49.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Cincuenta y Cinco follows the breathtaking 2017 with an extra degree of elegance and filigree. This wine has reached an amazing level of sophistication and nuance. There are tannins there, and there's more power and clout than the lightish color and perfumed nose might point at. 2018 was an easier vintage to ferment; they had very good yields and natural balance in the grapes that were extremely healthy. They didn't need to cool down the grapes because the weather was colder, even if they picked a little earlier to avoid the need for any acidification; in Patagonia acidity can go down very quickly in the vine, so if you pick too late you need to acidify. The full clusters fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the tannins seem to be driven more by the stems than by the pips; the stems are always ripe because the luminosity in Patagonia is amazing, but the wine is at a low 12.5% alcohol. This is very low in sulfur, as they have lowered the addition of it after the experience with the Sin Azufre. Twenty-five percent of the volume matured in concrete and the rest in used barrels. The wine was kept with the lees and never racked for the eight months the élevage lasted. There is cleanliness, there's purity and, again, light and energy, and there is no reduction. (LG)" (10/2019)

97 points James Suckling: "Very attractive, complex Pinot that has plenty of rich red and dark cherries on offer and a palate that carries striking purity, freshness and detail. Superb Pinot thats long and seamless. Finishes so fresh." (03/2019)

K&L Notes: Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the grandson of Sassicaia founder Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, ended up in Patagonia after tasting a bottle of Pinot Noir he fell in love with, and was told came from old vines in Patagonia. This wine comes from 60 year-old, head pruned vines in the Rio Negro Valley of Patagonia. Fermented in very small enamel lined tanks, and then transferred to French oak barrels (20% new), this is a beautiful, bright and nuanced expression of Pinot Noir, with succulent fruit and elegant texture. An eye opener for the potential of Pinot Noir in northern Patagonia. *Organic and Biodynamic Certified*

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2019

Some wines are so good that they make me weak in the knees, more often than not those wines are Pinots. This is one of those wines. The aromatics make me melt, the purity, complexity, and depth. There is so much there that you sniff harder to get at everything, but you can't. So you sniff slower, but you still can't. Know matter what you do you cannot fully capture all the aromatics. The palate follows the nose, deep red fruits, fine herbs, and a floral lift. An intriguing savory mineral tone builds on the mid-palate which focuses all the other elements. This does all the things that I want Great Burgundy to do at a fraction of the price. This also provides the perfect counterpoint to the Sin Azufre. Both wines from the same vineyard made two completely different ways. This is a very clean minimally intrusive way but still considered conventional and the Sin Azufre done without sulfur or in a "natural" way. It is rare that we are given the opportunity to see both visions from the same source. I love it!

Staff ImageChris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2019

Without the weight of history or tradition, Bodega Chacra has become one of the most respected producers in the wine world by making really, really good wine, year in and year out. The "Cincuenta Y Cinco," (from vines planted in 1955) has soft but present tannins and tons of deep red fruit on offer; with great secondary notes of cola and umani. The wine jumps out of the glass on the nose. If this is the vanguard of new-world Pinot production we should all be extremely excited.

2017 Akitu "A1" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Black Label) ($34.99)

95 points Decanter: "A challenging year, but this 40% wholebunch (the rest being whole berries) Pinot Noir has loads of Far-Eastern spice to complement rich, dark black fruits. Fantastic acidity keeps everything in perfect harmony. Plenty of ageing potential, clearly showing the direction in which top Otago Pinot Noirs are headed. (AH)" (05/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Akita's 2017 Pinot Noir A1 starts off with intoxicating scents of roses, dried spices and tea-like nuance. A blend of four clones (mainly Abel and 777, with smaller portions of 5 and 115), it offers rich, deep, plummy fruit on the medium to full-bodied palate yet remains silky and airy in feel, ending with hints of dried herbs on the long, elegant finish. The 40% whole clusters and 20% new French oak are both enjoyable components in this complex, appealing wine. (JC)" (07/2019)

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 08, 2020

This wine is just so much fun to smell. I love aromatically complex Pinot, there is almost nothing else like them, almost but we are here to talk about Pinot, not those other varietals. This is exotic, deep and dense, with lots of ripe red fruits with hints of earth, herbs, and spice. It is ripe and full, this Pinot demands your attention and you should be glad to give it. The fruits are concentrated and pure, the tannins are fine and polished, the oak is restrained and the finish is very long. This is for lovers of Pinot, no matter what region you prefer the most.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2020

Andrew Donaldson has been crafting the wines at Akitu since his vineyard was planted in northern Central Otago in 2002. Just down the road from Rippon Winery, Akitu strives to make their best expressions of Pinot Noir, and nothing else. The A1 is the creme de la creme of his estate property, and it shows every bit of its craftsmanship in the glass. This wine pure, clean fruit expression. The nose here is incredibly seductive, with black cherry and wild strawberry built on a richer, tannic structure with intricate layers of aromatic intensity. With a good decant, its shows wonderfully now, but a few more years down the line this will morph into something off-the-charts gorgeous.

Tim Telli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 31, 2019

Quite a dark color. Some stems are apparent on the nose as this sees 38% whole cluster inclusion which gives plenty of aromatic lift to the wine. Super complex with herbal and spicy undertones and a dark cherry, velvety texture that leads to a tangy finish. Just classic mineral-driven Central Otago Pinot Noir that rides that fine line of ripeness and savory character the region is so well known for. This drinks well on its own but would also be great on the dinner table, especially with roast chicken or duck confit. There is a reason this is a favorite among the staff at K&L.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 31, 2019

Very powerful wine. This has a dense core of dark fruit and crushed stone. Lots of umami qualities here, maybe from stem inclusion? This is a very extreme site and this wine has that impactful, concentrated, "on the edge" quality about it that is so compelling and yet quite hard to put into words. Plum skin, cherry pit, black raspberry coulis, agar wood, even a cigar box note I normally fine in Cabernet. On the palate it's undeniably Pinot Noir, brooding but packed with latent energy, coiled. It unfurls in the glass with deep red fruits, wild thyme and turned earth. Such a complex wine, totally fascinating.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 31, 2019

Akitu has always been near the top of my short list in Central Otago Pinot. The black label in particular is an epic wine and the 2017 vintage delivers everything you can ask for. It's intense, concentrated, and lively. The range of black and blue fruit is enormous and the herbal and spice components are just begging to be paired with your culinary curiosities. A perfect pinot for the short term cellar and an incredible value.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 03, 2019

The nose of this wine shows lots of ripe, dark complexity in the fruit. On the palate the wine has a bit of grippy tannin but it's just part of the overall structure and isn't obtrusive. The wine isn't a California fruity styled Pinot but it does have lots of intrigue, spice and depth, for me it would definitely be served with a richer meal.

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2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "SV5182 - Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough ($39.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A sense of depth of fruit with astute winemaking here. Deeply ripe red and black cherries sit amid violets and fresh, lightly earthy notes. The palate has bright, lithe and juicy red cherries with some forest-floor, woody and leafy notes. Fine but sturdy tannins and a subtly spicy finish. Super length. Drink or hold. Screw cap. *#16 Top 100 New Zealand Wines 2018*" (10/2018)

96 points Sam Kim: "The wine shows a great degree of elegance as well as complexity and intensity; the seductively expressed bouquet shows spiced cherry, dark plum, game, dried herb, olive and almond characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is refined and sophisticated, offering sensual, flowing mouthfeel. Precise and multi-layered at the same time, the wine delivers hedonistic fragrance and a persistent engaging finish." (12/2018)

93 points Raymond Chan: "Even, dark-hued garnet-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and fragrant with ethereal aromas of soft-red cherry fruit with nuances of black-berried fruits at the core, unfolding an array of dark-red florals with a subtle complexing amalgam of dark and dried herbs. The aromatics are harmoniously presented. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with sweetly rich flavours of soft red berry fruits and nuances of black fruits, with dark and dried herbs and an array of red florals. The fruit is luscious and enlivened by fine, lacy acidity and supported by a very finely extracted and structured line that carries the wine to a lingering, ethereal finish. This is a very elegant, but lusciously rich red cherry and dark-berried Pinot Noir with ethereal florals on a fine-structured palate with fresh, lacy acidity. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 5+ years. The second release of a Pinot Noir under the 'SV 5182' designation. A blend of 8 clones, 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 10/5, Abel and 5 from the TWR ''Home' block, the fruit hand-picked and hand-sorted, destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 10-14 days on skins post-ferment and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. 5 Stars from Raymond Chan." (12/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Single Vineyard 5182 Pinot Noir comes off the estate vineyard adjoining the winery. It shows complex aromas that range from earth and compost to sous-bois and ripe cherries. The oak influence is understated but noticeable in the way this medium-bodied wine glides easily across the palate, guided by smooth, silky tannins into a long finish. (JC)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: Lisa Perrotti-Brown writes: "Owned by winemakers Anna and Jason Flowerday, Te Whare Ra (TWR) is a small vineyard/winery located in the Marlborough sub-region of Renwick. The 11 hectare vineyard is planted to 7 different varieties and was first established in 1979. The vineyard is managed with a combination of organic and biodynamic practices and both winery and vineyard are both fully certified organic with BioGro NZ. The Chardonnay and Riesling “D” (dry) are particularly exciting, though the Pinot Noir has a lot of character and potential too." *biodynamic, organic*

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 15, 2019

This has some serious complexity and drive behind it. The blend of clones from all estate fruit adds nuance of flavor including red and black fruits, dried herb, and dusty tannin. The BioGro number SV5182 is essentially a zip code for the vineyard, allowing transparency in the origin and farming of the fruit, all-important factors for these biodynamically dedicated farmers.

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2018 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic) ($59.99)

96 points Bob Campbell: "Supremely elegant Pinot Noir with floral, berry, cherry flavours seasoned with spice and subtle fresh herb flavours. A long, linear wine with a seductively silken texture. Almost too delicious - it leaves me wondering how it could possibly improve with bottle age." (06/2019)

93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of fresh red cherries and some rose-like florals, in an upbeat, fruit-driven style. A very concentrated and ripe array of brambly raspberries and red cherries with smooth tannins, delivering a web of fresh-fruit flavor. Succulent and spicy, oak-tinged finish." (10/2019)

K&L Notes: *Biodynamic*