2011 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand

SKU #1146597 92 points James Suckling

 Pretty dried strawberry with cherry aromas. Full-bodied with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Lemon undertones. Lovely silky texture. Drink now or hold.  (12/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Cornish Point Pinot Noir has a pale to medium ruby-purple color with fragrant, crushed red cherry, wild strawberry and rose petal aromas laced with hints of cinnamon stick, Nutella on toast and lavender. Full-bodied and opulent in the mouth, it is already very expressive, showing a good fruit concentration, with spicy notes and framed by a medium level of fine tannins and refreshing acidity. It finishes long. It should drink best 2013 to 2018+. (92+)  (10/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium red. Lovely perfumed nose offers raspberry, cherry, spices and flowers. Juicy and intense, with a captivating sweetness and inner-mouth aromatic lift to its red berry and spice flavors. Very fresh, structured, long pinot noir with a firm tannic spine to support further development in bottle.  (9/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Expressive and delicate, offering dried lavender, fresh wild strawberry and cranberry flavors, with nutmeg and cedar notes. Light-bodied and extremely supple, this exhibits a fresh loamy earth character. Drink now through 2022. 947 cases made.  (6/2013)

17 points Jancis Robinson

 17+ / 20: Pale to mid cherry red. Gently scented then firmer and more spicy on the palate. Fine, refined tannins. Very embryonic.

K&L Notes

94 points from Master of Wine, Bob Campbell: "Gently aromatic Pinot Noir with an interesting mix of dark cherry, plum, floral and savoury characters (sweet earth and dried flowers). Smooth-textured wine with depths of flavours that gradually emerge as the wine sits in the glass. Appealing, complex Pinot Noir that delivers power with commendable subtelty."

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2013 | Send Email
The Cornish Point is dense and brooding but with lifted aromatics that offer black cherry, plum, clove, dried orange peel, earth and violets. The palate walks that fine line between power and elegance with a firm, but ripe tannin structure that is focused and leads to a very long complex finish. This will reward another 3-5 years in the cellar, otherwise decant for a few hours for earlier drinking. Serious stuff.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2013 | Send Email
Elegant and refined, floral and pretty, with a soft complexity that reveals itself slowly. Beautiful red cherry, cranberry, red roses, black currant, mineral, raspberry and spice. Medium plus acidity and fine, easy tannins with a long, plesantly fruit finish. A gorgeous addition to your pinot supply!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2013 | Send Email
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The brightest and most floral of the 2011 Felton Pinots. Rose petals, crushed red currants and cherries. The wine is positively alive on the palate and has incredible vibrancy and dynamic energy. Exotic Asian spice, Agar wood and sweet floral notes with air. Incredibly light footed and fresh for the 14.5 alc. Lovely wine that is so expressive right now, this is too easy to enjoy!
Drink from 2013 to 2020

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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.