Sunday, 17 July 2016

Vacation Wines - Number Four - 2013 Pinot Noir, Ata Rangi

With some juicy fillets of free range chicken on the portable grill I opted for a bottle of Pinot. The 1999 Morey-Saint-Denis from Jean-Paul Magnien was horribly corked so this had to serve as backup, and it definitely did.
Previously vintages tasted - 2009, 2010, 2011.

2013 Pinot Noir, Ata Rangi
This perennial favourite displays a gorgeous, upfront nose with enticing scents of spicy rasberries, forest smoke, sweet rhubarb and forest floor. Very deep and refined. Lovely cherry chocolate notes after some time in the glass. Really fine.
The taste is more seedy and restrained than the nose leads you to believe, with fine notes of wild raspberries, red liquorice, chewing tobacco and damp earth. In the long finish there is a stunning acidity that keep everything in check. Very balanced. A handsome wine. Should be drinking beautifully from now and the next 10+ years. I will get me some more of this.
93p   (tasted 2016/07)

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