2010 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Earth Smoke" Pinot Noir North Canterbury New Zealand

SKU #1123927 96 points Bob Campbell

 Very Burgundy-like. There’s violet, smoky, earthy, gamy and leather flavours, plus a suggestion of spice. It has a savoury emphasis. Fine, drying tannins add backbone.

94 points James Suckling

 A fabulous nose of dried strawberries, plums and hints of smoke and bacon. Full body, with beautiful tannins and acidity. Super intense and beautiful. Long and gorgeous. No new oak. Better in 2016.  (12/2012)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A tank sample due to be bottled within 2 weeks of my tasting, the 2010 Earth Smoke Pinot Noir gives ripe black raspberry and pomegranate aromas at this stage with hints of violets and baking spices. Generously fruited, it gives a medium-high level of very fine tannins with medium-high acid and a long, pure finish. Mike and Claudia Weersing continue to work nature’s magic on their wines. The results are truly unique wines that can only come from these creative hands working out of this pretty patch just inland from the Waipara. Even more exciting is that the quality straight across the estate and growers labels just gets better and more consistent each year from this relatively new operation. (LPB)  (10/2011)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Americans Claudia and Mike Weersing’s estate vines are grown so close to the ground, they look almost like a bonsai vineyard. Made as naturally as possible, it’s yielded a smoky, savory style of Pinot Noir that shows some dark plum and black olive fruit and a lingering, slightly chocolaty finish. The silky tannins suggest immediate drinkability, although its inherent balance and concentration suggest it’ll make it to at least 2020.  (10/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium red. Wild aromas of red fruits, smoked meat and flowers. Plush, sweet and seamless, with a distinctly wild, smoky character on the palate. Savory, fairly full-bodied wine with sweet tannins and very good length. This wine's smoked meat component may be too much for the faint of heart.  (9/2012)

Wine Spectator

 he strawberry and cranberry flavors show a distinct note of bitter herb, with austere tannins and a spicy, sarsaparillalike finish. Drink now through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

"If New Zealand has created a finer Pinot Noir than these two single-vineyard wines from Pyramid Valley Vineyards, I haven't tasted it." writes Matt Cramer of the Wine Spectator. From the winery: "Only 250 cases made. Very engaging and complex nose of soil, wild fruits, and spiced orange peel. Real power and lovely texture in the mouth, wilder and more earthy than the Angel Flower."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/9/2013 | Send Email
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The Earth Smoke is my preferred bottling from the Home Vineyard offerings. I love the depth and intrigue this wine brings to the table. The fruit, especially aromatically, is more reserved than the Angel Flower block; however the wine has awesome layers of detail and interest. Dense earthy tones and the rich limestone soil show through in this wine. The whole thing is more guarded and veiled yet within that subtlety there is so much finesse and character. A really soulful bottling that will truly engage Burgundy drinkers and shows the depth and subtly that New Zealand Pinot can have.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2013 | Send Email
Only 250 cases were made of this wine from the PVV home blocks and cropped at an incredible 1.4 ton to the acre.The bouquet offers black raspberry, dark plum, light Earl Grey tea, dried orange peel and in general, a darker edge to the fruit along with more earth tones than its sibling, the Angel Flower. On the palate the wine is concentrated with energy and drive with good texture that is balanced with a fine persistent finish. 13.2ABV.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.2