2013 Momo (Seresin) Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1264500 91 points Bob Campbell

 Ripe, plummy wine with cherry, raspberry, violet and a savoury, earthy character. Sweet fruit mesh with fine and slightly sappy tannins to give a drying finish. It's a seriously interesting and very honest Pinot Noir offering great value at this price.  (8/2015)

90 points Decanter

 *Expert's Choice* Restrained red fruit with subtle savoury and spicy nuances; firm bite of acidity balances soft tannins. Appealing tartness.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Pinot Noir gives a nose of fresh cranberries, red currants and mulberries with suggestions of anise, menthol and roses. Medium-bodied, it offers a good amount of red berry and earthy flavors supported by a medium level of grainy tannins and harmonious yet uplifting acidity. It finishes long if a little straightforward. (LPB)  (2/2015)

Vinous

 Medium red. Mellow aromas of plum, cherry, red berries and spices, with complicating minty and earthy nuances. Juicy, savory and fresh, with the mint element perking up the red fruits on the middle palate. Not especially fleshy but delivers very good spicy energy. Finishes with dusty tannins and good grip. No easy sweetness here but shows subtle length. (ST)  (5/2016)

Wine Spectator

 There's a mouthwatering tang to the pomegranate and cranberry flavors in this red, with fresh herb, cedar and spice accents, and firm tannins. (MW, Web-2016)

K&L Notes

Seresin's "MOMO" has long been one of the best value Pinot Noirs at K&L. The fact that it is now all estate, sourced from three certified organic vineyards, handpicked, hand sorted, and fermented with wild yeasts, is just miraculous at this price point. Not only does this wine capture the delicacy of Pinot fruit but it also shows off some of the varietals more complex earthy, savory tones normally reserved for much more expensive incarnations. This is seriously good Pinot at a very economical price point. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13
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