2010 Momo (Seresin) Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1094020 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby in color with a hint of purple, the 2010 Pinot Noir has an intense core of black cherries, black raspberries and underbrush with hints of violets and moss-covered bark. Medium-bodied with a medium level of grainy tannins and refreshing acid supporting the juicy berry flavors, it finishes long, with a pleasant savory / toasty character. Drink this one now to 2015.  (10/ 2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Palish cherry-red. Slightly high-toned aromas of maraschino cherry and fresh herbs. Supple, silky cherry and pomegranate flavors are lifted by a whiff of rose petal, A lively vein of acidity running through the wine gives it a faint bitter edge but keeps it refreshing. This juicy, dry pinot finishes with firm dusty tannins and lingering suggestions of watermelon and raspberry.  (9/ 2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 This entry-level offering from Seresin offers a pleasing blend of root veggies and mushrooms, with cranberry and raspberry fruit. It's crisp—almost lemony—on the finish, and it has a dusty layer of tannins to ensure that it lasts for at least a few years.  (4/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 Cherry, cranberry and red berry flavors are fresh and lively, showing details of cedar, mineral and spice, with firm tannins. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

I've spoken before about Seresin's wines, including their entry level label Momo. While the Seresin wines are now certified biodynamic, the Momo tier, which may include some estate fruit, is mostly from growers in the process of converting to organic viticulture. The grapes are hand-harvested, hand-sorted and de-stemmed, and then naturally fermented in open-top fermenters. The wine spends 11 months in French barriques. In other words, this is a whole lot of wine for $17. The nose shows lovely, bright, brambly raspberry, tart cherry and dark strawberry fruit, with earth, clove and dried mandarin orange peel. The palate reveals good acidity framed by fine tannins that lead to a long finish. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L New Zealand wine buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/24/2013  | Send Email
Pinot Noir is a difficult category at under $20. While we have plenty in stock that is red, wet and tastes fine, it is only the exception that rubs the Pinot spot. Seresin's Momo Pinot Noir from Marlborough is one of those rare exceptions with plenty of dark fruit and intrigue at a very reasonable price. This wine has stuffing, which is a rarity in Pinot at any price!
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13
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