2011 Lothian Vineyards Pinot Noir Elgin (Elsewhere $35)
Supple, with scented black tea and sandalwood notes woven into the core of steeped cherry and plum fruit. Long and silky through the finish, with a perfumy edge that really lingers. Suggests a combination of New World fruit and Chambolle-like elegance. Drink now through 2013.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Pinot Noir was raised in 30% new oak. It has an attractive bouquet with smudged dark plum and cranberry fruit, perhaps just a touch of warmth but nothing to get worried about. The palate is medium-bodied with decent structure, clean fleshy cranberry and wild strawberry fruit intermingling with hints of Chinese 5-spice that builds nicely toward a gently spiced, clove-tinged finish. This Pinot Noir has plenty of character and stylistically sits nicely between Old World and New. Drink now-2017. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Modestly saturated red. High-toned, inviting aromas of strawberry, spices, leather and wild herbs. Spicy and intense, but with a faint bitter green edge to the red berry and earth flavors. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins.
This cool-climate Burgundian varietal thrives in the unique microclimate of Lothian Vineyards. It has a bouquet abounding with ripe strawberry, blood-orange, white pepper, nutmeg and floral notes. The Pinot Noir's medium-bodied palate is a mixture of black cherry, ripe strawberry and tobacco spice, with undertones of weathered leather, all of which are tempered with fine oak, mineral and savoury flavours. The Lothian Pinot Noir comes from a 2.25-hectare vineyard planted with three different clones. The grapes were hand-harvested, gently crushed and fermented in open fermenters for 10 days. Ambient yeasts and manual pigeage coaxed both flavour and colour from the fruit. It was then racked off into French oak barrique (30% new) for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then barrel matured for 11 months and lightly filtered before bottling. Total production 400 cases. Gold Medal Winner 2013 International Wine Challenge: "Touch of minerality and perfume on nose. Complex, earthy aromas. Silky and round on palate with a soft finish with good length."