2008 Fonty's Pool "Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Pemberton

SKU #1055490

92 points James Halliday's Wine Companion: "A complex wine, with ripe cherry and plum fruit surrounded by spice and a touch of French oak; has good thrust and energy, likewise value. Screwcap." A good value Pinot Noir with tons of varietal character. Sweet cherry and raspberry notes with a hint of savory bacon on the palate. It's got quenching acidity and soft tannins, making it easy to drink now. So why wait?

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/26/2010  | Send Email
Great value pinot noir that offers more than bright charming fruit. This wine also hints at the complexity that make great Pinots great. Spice, a hint of smoky bacony goodness and a dusting of minerality. Its soft tannins and bright acidity make this more than every night wine.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/5/2010  | Send Email
What a pleasant surprise from the land down under! The 08 Fonty's Pool Pinot shows juicy cherry and berry fruit in the nose, with baking spice accents and a touch of earth. It is medium-bodied, with moderate alcohol (only 12.5%!), but with good fruit concentration on the palate. It's soft, supple, and overall a delightful, balanced, fruity style of Pinot that really stands out in the under $15 price range for Pinot Noir.

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/27/2010  | Send Email
Featured on K&L's blog, Uncorked for Wine Wednesday.

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/9/2010  | Send Email
This has come a long way in a short time. When it first arrived it had lovely cherry fruit and spice. Now that it has settled down a little more of the earthy nuances are emerging. There are subtle hints of porcini and forest floor that balance well with the cherry note. This is really engaging Pinot from Western Australia.

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/19/2010  | Send Email
Good pinot for the price. Loads of fruit and very well balanced. Delicious!

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/25/2010  | Send Email
This is the second vintage of this Pinot from the cooler Western part of Australia. It is showing richer cherry fruit than the 2007 but is by no means a jammy style Pinot. The mouth feel is softer but with decent acidity to keep the fruit bright and the wine closer to a new world Burgundy.

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 11/16/2010 
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What a disappointment after so much hype. I can taste the cherries, and maybe a bit of earth, but the dominant note is rotting compost. It's not truly terrible so much as mildly unpleasant -- kind of like going through the security line at the airport.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Western Australia

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5