2013 Giesen "Single Vineyard Selection - Ridge Block" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $65)

SKU #1291646 96 points Bob Campbell

 Intensely flavoured wine with strong plum, raspberry and smoky oak characters. Long and linear Pinot Noir with a seamless texture. Although the wine is accessible now it has the density, power and structure to develop very well in bottle.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Giesen's 2013 Single Vineyard Selection Ridge Block Pinot Noir has a pale ruby-purple color and nose of crushed red currants and black raspberries with violets, cinnamon and cloves hints. Light to medium-bodied and elegantly fruited on the palate, it has lovely perfume matched by satiny texture and just enough acidity, finishing with plenty of finesse. 90+ (LPB)  (3/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 This grows in a vineyard in the foothills of the Southern Valleys of Wairau, a densely planted site farmed organically on silt loams, clay and fractured stone. The fruit has a coolness that one taster compared to alpine Pinot Noir from Alto Adige, savory, spicy and bold, with a juicy texture over brash, meaty tannins. A Pinot for the dark meat of roast turkey.  (2/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Notes of wood toast and herbal tea are present on the fresh and cool cherry, raspberry and underbrush-scented aromas. Here too there is a highly attractive mouth feel to the sleek and vibrant middle weight flavors that possess a hint of youthful austerity on the dusty finale.  (10/2016)

Vinous

 Medium red. A sexy touch of reduction to the complex aromas of raspberry, strawberry, mocha and flint. Fat, plush and sweet but with a firm edge to the flavors of raspberry and smoky minerality. Still rather reduced in the mouth and in need of a bit more clarity and thrust. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins and good length. (ST)  (5/2016)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
I tasted this today (13 June) at a blind staff tasting and initially thought it was Grenache due to its dark color and red plum with smoke nose. Turns out it is a fairly weighty Pinot Noir with dark, red fruits, lush mouthfeel and a small bit of gamy notes. Super complex and firm with nice tannic structure. Should last many years, as it seems to be built for the long run. Watch out Sonoma and Burgundy...competition from New Zealand has arrived!

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2017 | Send Email
You could easily spend a lot more on Pinot that's not even half as beautiful as this! The nose offers up lovely, dusty notes of fruit with a hint of old world style. Hi-toned ferrous notes allow for such an intense savory flavor profile. On the palate is an intriguing mix of fruit, herbs, dried flowers with a pleasant mineral driven complexity. If you're looking for an elegant Pinot, that holds up to wines twice its price, grab one for your next blind tasting. A finer Pinot bargain will be hard to find. Enjoy!

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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.
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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 (%): 14