2007 Tarras Vineyards "The Steppes Vineyard" Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand (Previously 30)

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According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Moderate complexity on the nose: soft and plumy on the palate ... very smooth on the finish. Slips down the throat easily. Drink now-2013." (09/09) "Winemaker Carol Bunn, who spent time working at Dry River and Martinborough Vineyards on the north island as well as a stint at Amity Vineyard in Oregon, is responsible for making this and many wines coming out of Central Otago these days and had the two Pinots she made in 2002 at Akarua rank #1 and #2 by Cuisine magazine. The 2007 Estate has a bouquet that is bright and lifted with notes of plum, strawberry and cherry along with hints of earth and minerals. On the palate, the wine is elegant with excellent balance, smooth silky tannins and a long persistent finish. Enjoy this lovely wine with salmon, roast chicken or some grilled lamb chops." Jim Chanteloup K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/27/2010  | Send Email
An always solid pinot, now for even less $! Clove and earthy spice notes are backed by solid cherry on the mid palate. Great balance rounds out this pinot and allows for a few extra years in the cellar.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/20/2010  | Send Email
The 2007 Estate has a bouquet that is bright and lifted with notes of plum, strawberry and cherry along with hints of earth and minerals. On the palate, the wine is elegant with excellent balance, smooth silky tannins and a long persistent finish. Enjoy this lovely wine with salmon, roast chicken or some grilled lamb chops. - Alex Pross, K&l Wine Club Director

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 5/3/2010 
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Score is based on my assessment of quality to price at the club price of $23. I love NZ Central Otago pinot noir, and this is a great example that comes at half the price that we usually have to pay for this quality... such as Mt. Difficulty and Felton Road. UPDATE: Drink within the same day if you can. Once this baby hits the air, it degrades much more quickly than a typical pinot.

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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.