2014 Fromm "Fromm Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1252065 95 points Bob Campbell

 An elegant pinot noir with gentle cherry, violet, raspberry and spicy oak flavours. Light in colour but not lacking power, as evidenced by its lengthy finish. Lovely purity. An ethereal wine that is a delight to drink now but will age well.

93-95 points Raymond Chan

 Light ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a tight and elegantly expressed nose with ethereal aromas of dark-red berry and cherry fruits entwined with subtle layers and nuances of dark herbs that form a core with depth and brooding density. Notes of liquorice, earth and minerals emerge with aeration. Medium-bodied and fine in presentation, the palate reveals layers of ethereal dark-red berry fruits, dark herbs, liquorice and minerals that unfold from the refined, concentrated core. The mouthfeel is supple with very fine-grained, flowery tannins and structure in support. The wine has linearity with delicacy, and leads to a very long, lingering finish of savoury dark red fruits with herb, earth and mineral detail. This is an elegant, ethereal and complex Pinot Noir with dark-red fruits along with herbs, earth and minerals, and a refined, concentrated, brooding core that will reveal more over the next 6+ years. Match with wild duck or pork. Dijon clone fruit predominantly clone 115 with 777 and 667, plus Abel, hand-picked, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a high proportion of whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 3-4 weeks on skins and aged 18 months in approx. 10% new French oak 228L barrels. Certified BioGro organic. 150 dozen produced.

K&L Notes

This is a tiny production wine (150cs) from the home block surrounding the winery. The vines were planted in 1992 and represent some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Marlborough. This wine really shows off Fromm's ability to craft complex, detailed, ageworthy Pinot Noir and 2014 is a fine fine Marlborough vintage. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
Fromm makes very engaging Pinot Noirs. For me they are not dinner party wines, they are great and should be shared, but with only one other person, I can be selfish. All of their wines, but especially the single vineyards, have so much depth and so many layers that one glass is not enough. Pour half full or 2/5ths full glasses, drink slow and savor over an entire evening. Pure fruits, minerals, earth, spice, savory tones all come to the forefront at different times. Buy a six pack, put it next to your Burgundy in your cellar, I bet you'll reach for this before any old French wine.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2016 | Send Email
The Fromm vineyard release from Fromm is the more complex of the two wines, in my opinion. Beyond the delicate fruit and subtle spice there are layers, and layers, and layers of mineral notes, herbs, earth, and savory notes. It's there with some of the finer Burgundy pinots I've tasted when they're on, but the great thing about the Fromm pinots is that they're ALWAYS on. Decant this baby and let it open up a whole new world of flavor.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
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While only being a few miles away - Fromm's home block (Fromm Vineyard) is quite different in character to the Clayvin Vineyard bottling. The soil here is more defined by layers of graduated silt and alluvial deposits and has less clay than up in the southern valleys proper. To me this allows the wine to express itself in a more layered, detailed, compact fashion. Where Clayvin Vyd is broad and soft Fromm Vyd is more linear, faceted and has a more defined "grain". It's almost as if the wines' textures mimic the soil profile with Clayvin echoing the smooth, supple, fine clays and Fromm representing the more grainy texture of the gravelly deposits. Both are refined and elegant Pinots faithfully and accurately representing their terroir. The fruit here is less exotic, more mineral, savory and coiled. The aromas are less of fruit and flowers and more of earth, bracken and bark. A stony mineral undercurrent is undeniable. Darker, dusty berries emerge with air; there is a wild sauvage character here that is fascinating. No more structured than Clayvin, but perhaps less flesh over the skeleton. A very fine and thought provoking wine.
Drink from 2016 to 2026

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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.

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.