2007 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Eaton" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Biodynamic)

SKU #1049874 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Receiving 15% whole cluster and aged 15 months in French oak, 33% new, on original lees, the 2007 “Eaton Family Vineyard” Pinot Noir has a medium ruby color. There’s a funky/wild character on the nose over aromas of warm strawberries and raspberries, game, earth, forest floor, loam, truffles and a whiff of dried herbs. Very crisp and tight in the mouth, this medium-full bodied Pinot gives a medium level of silky tannins with great flavor concentration and a long layered finish. Drink it now to 2015+.

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full red. Sappy aromas of red cherry, strawberry, blood orange, graphite and spices. Densely packed and sweet, with an urgent, sappy quality to the lush red fruit and licorice flavors. A fairly full and pliant style with excellent stuffing. Finishes with suave tannins and excellent length.  (10/ 2008)

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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/1/2010  | Send Email
I love this wine and this producer for a multitude of reasons. This is one of the most brilliant Pinot Noirs around with biodamic principals used from start to finish in the making and production of this wine for starters. Unbelievably seamless from aromatics to finish! Excellent aromas of crushed berries and spicy herbs on the nose, followed by a bigger yet structured mouthfeel that has a nice restrained quality to it and finshes with spicy sweet oak. Your gonna love it!

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/30/2009  | Send Email
The enticing red fruit on the nose leads to a thick and full-bodied palate of delicious cherry and strawberry notes, with a smooth and luscious finish. This is not Burgundy, but it is definitely not California. Pyramid continues to show that New Zealand has its own style of Pinot Noir and that style is deliciously impressive.

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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.
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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.
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