2010 Fromm Winery "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand

SKU #1126113 94-95 points James Suckling

 A seamless red that starts off with pure strawberry and berry aromas and flavors. Full with beautiful tannins and natural beauty. It goes on for so, so long. Yes.  (12/ 2012)

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Fromm is a small organic and Biodynamic practicing estate in Renwick at the center of Marlborough's Wairau valley. They have been producing wine since 1992 and strive to make hand-crafted wines that represent unique vineyard expressions. After visiting the property in 2011 I knew that these wines were special. I am delighted that we have developed such a great relationship with Winemaker Willy Hoare to offer these wines at fraction of their worth due to a direct winery purchase deal. I hope you enjoy the wines as much as I have. - Ryan Woodhouse (NZ Specialist) Comments from the Winemaker: "Dense with nice clarity. A bright and lively wine offering ripe plums, black cherries and a hint of blueberries. Adding to the mix are spicy aromas (cloves, liquorice) and violet florals which combine with an earthy complexity to round off the nose. The palate opens with ripe, sweet fruit and shows good depth and concentration with ripe tannins providing structure. Quite a powerful wine yet one of refinement."

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/23/2013  | Send Email
After selling a few bottles of the '08 over the last couple months, I was pleased to finally try the 2010. It did not disappoint! Black fruit, spice box, earthy and floral notes, and a solid, lingering finish makes for quite the drinking experience for $22. Do not miss out on these bottles!

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/23/2013  | Send Email
Wow! What a lovely wine. Many of you would have had the 2008 vintage of this wine that we sold a boat load of. Well, while brighter and more elegant, the wine actualy shows more concentration and purity of fruit with terrific definition, poise and balance. The bouquet is lifted with notes of raspberry,plum, strawberry and cherry along with hints of earth and spice. On the palate, there is good mid-palate fruit weight along with accents of mocha and graham craker crust. This is all framed by silky fine tannins supported by juicy acidity that leads to a long persistent finish. Organic and biodynamic in production, this is traditional winemaking in the modern world. Great now and will reward time in the celar. Bravo to winemakers Willi Hoare and Hatch Kalberer!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/23/2013  | Send Email
A great value in new world Pinot Noir like this does not come along every day. This wine has an expensive, catnip nose of high end cooperage and perfectly ripe black fruit. On the palate it becomes more serious with an excellent medium body and exceptional purity. This is a great bottle for drinking with your next roast chicken dinner!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2020

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/30/2013  | Send Email
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This Pinot has a phenomenal bright, perfumed nose of crushed spicy red fruits and dark rose petals complicated by rich soil tones and a subtle Thyme note. This is a layered wine of real depth and intrigue. On the palate beyond its pure red fruit character lays an array of subtle complexities that really take it to another level of distinction. The wine has an effortless balance and silky elegant texture. This is wonderfully complete and stylish Pinot Noir at an everyday price thanks to our direct purchase from the winery. An exceptional value that will continue to develop and impress for another 8-10 years without a doubt.
Top Value! 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.
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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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