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The Best Price Going on a 96-Point Pinot Noir, Now In-Stock - 12/13/2017 - New Zealand

We’ve had some pretty impressive Pinot Noir values over the course of 2017, but vying for the title of “deal of the year” is Greywacke’s 2014 offering. At a price so low we can’t publish it here, this 2014 is not only an outstanding value, but counts among the best we’ve had from New Zealand this year. Made by Kevin Judd, the man behind the iconic NZ brand Cloudy Bay, it is beautifully delineated offering unparalleled focus and precision. Graced with an array of flavors and tones, it is supremely engaging, while at the same time downright delicious. A Pinot rated 93 from Wine Spectator from a K&L favorite producer for this price would most likely be one of our best sellers of the month. Add JS94 and a 96 from regional authority Raymond Chan, and we have a can't-miss opportunity on our hands. With everything one looks for in a New Zealand Pinot, it has a classic wild cherry driven profile, but is also wonderfully accented by touches of black pepper, violets, black tea, and more. Its finish is long and persistent, suggestive of a much more expensive bottle. There is little doubt the Greywacke Pinot Noir will become a fast favorite for many.

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2014 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough (Elsewhere $35) Price: Hidden

96 points Raymond Chan: "Something about Kevin Judds wines get to my soul. They can be as funky as any out there, but they always have fruit richness and sweetness. This is dark ruby-red colour with a dark heart. On the nose, seemingly elegant but the concentration quickly grows and the multi-layered nature becomes revealed. Dark red berry fruits complexed by savoury herbs, spice notes and maybe some whole cluster stalk perfume. Theres a steely freshness of youth underneath it all. The palate is tightly bound, but the fruit succulence is clear. The fruit is vibrant, the mouthfeel lively and finely balanced by fine-grained tannins. Complex liquorice and spicy oak flavours unfold. I love this youngster."

94 points James Suckling: "An earthy edge together with graphite and baking spices here as well as dark cherries and redder fruits: It's all nicely layered on the nose. The palate has smooth, lightly textured but richly flavored fruit in the form of spiced cherries and plums. Plenty of depth offered by this great pinot. Drink now to 2025." (03/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Detailed, with notes of dried lavender, white pepper, fresh loamy earth and black tea set against a core of strawberry and raspberry flavors. Smooth and plush, this becomes even more expressive on the finish, where spice details fan out. Drink now through 2025. 750 cases imported. Detailed, with notes of dried lavender, white pepper, fresh loamy earth and black tea set against a core of strawberry and raspberry flavors. Smooth and plush, this becomes even more expressive on the finish, where spice details fan out. Drink now through 2025. 750 cases imported. (MW)" (05/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium ruby colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir exudes lovely floral notes of roses and lavender with a core of cranberries and red currants, plus hints of Provence herbs and fragrant earth. Light to medium-bodied, soft, elegant and filled with earthy/perfumed flavor layers, it delivers great expression and poise. (LPB)" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: This fantastic new release from NZ wine legend Kevin Judd is flat out delicious and a smoking deal with our hot pricing that's too good to publish. For two decades Kevin Judd was the founding winemaker and guiding genius behind Cloudy Bay. He is one of the most respected, experienced and talented winemakers in the southern hemisphere. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff ImageIvan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 26, 2017

Greywacke is consistently one of the best producers in Marlborough, crafting reasonably priced top-tier wines with beautiful purity and delineation. Vivid strawberry, fresh cherry, and pie crust greet the nose, followed by a subtle, smoky characteristic to dissuade any notion of sweetness. Silky smooth tannins reveal warm tobacco and baking spice notes, followed by a dose of fresh minerality. Seamlessly integrated acidity lifts the fruit and keeps it ever-present, especially during the long, deeply satisfying finish.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 23, 2017

Such an interesting bottle of Pinot... Black cherries, spicy cola, and lots of tobacco supported by earthy tones. All of these beautiful flavors intertwine perfectly on the palate with a touch of edginess. This is a great bottle for "spicy" Pinot lovers who are stuck in California or Burgundy lovers who want something different on the table for Thanksgiving.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 23, 2017

A great balance between flavors of fruit and earth here. I love the spice and smoky notes on the nose, the combo of tart cherries and ripe blackberries on the palate and the perfect amount of acid on the finish.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 30, 2017

This is a great alternative to Domestic Pinot Noir for people looking to expand their scope and knowledge. Fruit-forward and soft on the oak, this Pinot is approachable, yet shows enough body and structure to keep it from being flabby. A great one to try if you've found other NZ wines to be too high in acid in the past.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 11, 2017

Another sure fire winner from the inimitable Kevin Judd. For those of you that haven't come across the Greywacke wines they are the new(ish) passion project from longtime Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. Though the man himself is very modest and softly spoken, the wines are some of the most highly regarded in New Zealand and their unwavering quality consistently illustrates the skill and experience Kevin has that few can rival. This 2014 Pinot Noir is simply delicious. It delivers everything I want in Pinot - alluring aromatics, sensuous texture, an ever so slightly untamed wild character and beautiful line and length. We have committed to Kevin's Pinot Noir time and time again and have never been anything short of thrilled when we get them in the glass! Not to mention the sharpest pricing we've ever had on this latest offering.