2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir North Canterbury (Elsewhere $25)

SKU #1251087 92 points Decanter

 **Highly Recommended** Alongside bright cherry notes, there is a compelling core of minerality that sits effortlessly on the palate. Pure, evocative pinot character that is enticing and rich. Floral and earthy finish.

91 points Sam Kim

 The inviting bouquet shows red cherry, plum and violet aromas with nuances of mixed spice and almond. It is silky, rounded and flowing on the palate, and offers elegance and refinement. The wine is stylish and restrained, and finishes beautifully long and appealing. At its best: now to 2020.

K&L Notes

90 points Tasting Pannel Magazine : "Cherry fruit; spicy and savory with balance and crisp style; bright and balanced." Winemaker's Notes: "Anyway you look at it, our Pinot Noir is the pinnacle of what we at Mt. Beautiful are all about. Subtlety is the secret inside this wine. It begins with sophisticated fragrances of black cherries and violets while showcasing an elegantly expressive palate of ripe bramble fruit and subtle tannins. The Pinot Noir is planted on the Southern section, which has the highest elevation in the vineyard, providing extra warmth and less exposure to frost. In addition to this our Pinot Noir is closely planted to reduce vigor resulting in lower crop levels, allowing us to ripen these grapes to achieve a true expression of this variety. Our Pinot Noir is all hand tended throughout the season and at harvest. Pair our Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir with crispy duck, wild pork and water cress sandwiches, spring lamb, or a romantic mood."

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/15/2016 | Send Email
I remember when pinot noir for less than $20 was suspect. That, of course, was before my friend Ryan Woodhouse started scouring the New Zealand countryside in search of ridiculous pinot noir values that continue to put the rest of the wine industry to shame. Not only is the Mt Beautiful a delicious wine, it's a classically flavored one, closer to Burgundy in style than Santa Barbara. The palate is full of crunchy red fruits with rose petals galore and exotic spice. I do a lot of mid-week take out in my house, so I'm usually grabbing roasted chicken, Chinese stir-fry, and Indian curry on the regular. I could pair this wine with all three of those meals and drink incredibly well (especially for a school night!). You don't have to settle for less when you drop underneath that $20 floor in the pinot noir category. You just have to expand your horizons a bit. Trust in Ryan. He has a nose for bargain pinot.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/15/2016 | Send Email
This is just pure, silky, seductive Pinot Noir delivered at an incredible price point. Mt. Beautiful have put out some great wines over the last few years but this one beats the lot of them. Really fragrant, floral, fruit forward nose with rose petals, asian spices and ripe berry compote. On the palate the texture is soft, silky and medium bodied. Very quaffable, easy drinking stuff that delivers lovely varietal characters and suave mouthfeel at a price point you have to see to believe! Even if you've blown your budget on Holiday shipping you can still drink classy Pinot tonight!
Top Value!

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2016 | Send Email
Huge value on some great NZ Pinot Noir. Great nose, fresh, vibrant, and easy to drink. Delicate in weight, while still having the lift and life for a gracious mouth feel. Balance and freshness for your buck...bada bing!
Top Value!

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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:

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 (%): 13.5