2013 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $40)

SKU #1270032 95 points Bob Campbell

 Taut, elegant and quite complex Pinot Noir, with an array of flavours including cherry, raspberry, violet, anise and spicy oak. The wine has a nice balance between alcohol and fruit sweetness, with fine tannins giving a drying and layered finish. It opened up as it sat in the glass and deserves to be decanted or aerated before serving.

93 points James Suckling

 The style of pinot that Cloudy Bay have set themselves up around is a bold, brassy and assertively oaked style but the bold and ripe brambly dark cherry fruits are up to the task. Then there's gentle citrus peel along with earth, spices and herbs. The tannins are strong but smooth, and there's plenty of freshness and energy on the palate. Flavoursome dark cherry fruits run deep. Drink in 2016.  (3/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine boasts subtle black cherries and plums, framed in a bed of toasty, mocha-tinged oak. It's rich and silky, with a discreet dusting of cocoa on the long finish. (JC)  (7/2015)


 Medium red. Serious, slightly reduced aromas of red fruits and underbrush. At once plush and firm, communicating an impression of medicinal reserve to the flavors of cherry, raspberry and menthol. Finishes with a suave but serious dusting of tannins and sneaky length. This restrained but fairly rich wine boasts noteworthy concentration and shows little in the way of easy sweetness. Well done. (ST)  (5/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Detailed, with concentrated raspberry coulis and wild strawberry flavors. A crisp mineral edge and dried floral notes mix with spice, cedar and fresh earth accents, which crescendo on the long finish. (MW)  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

Now sourced entirely from premium southern valleys vineyard sites and a much smaller production than their world famous Sauvignon Blanc. If you haven't checked out Cloudy Bay's Pinot Noir the great 2013 vintage is a perfect time get on board.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5