2014 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $25)

SKU #1252061 94 points Sam Kim

 Elegant, poised and fragrant on the nose; aromas of ripe cherry, floral and almond with hints of game and mushroom complexity. The palate delivers excellent fruit weight and silky texture, beautifully enhanced by layers of ripe fruit flavours and subtle savoury undertones, finishing long and finely dry. Stylish and attractive, and pristine and complex at the same time. At its best: now to 2022. Certified organic.

92 points Bob Campbell

 Elegant and reasonably powerful Pinot Noir with spicy cherry, smoky oak and violet flavours. A firmly structured wine that can be appreciated now but deserves to be matched with food. Good cellaring potential.  (1/2016)

91-92 points Raymond Chan

 Dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and up-front with ripe fruit aroma of dark red berry and cherry fruit entwined with subtle layers of herbs, revealing raspberry liqueur and mineral elements. The aromatics build in depth and concentration in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate features soft, plush and juicy fruit flavours of dark raspberries with lifted dark red florals and subtle layers of herbs and minerals. The fruit forms a gently sweet and rich core with fine-textured, supple concentration and structure, and a fresh, acid driven line. Flavours of liquorice, black cherries and minerals show on a lingering, dry, firm finish. This is a fresh, juicy, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with a fine-textured core and fresh mouthfeel. Match with firm-fleshed seafood, poultry, pork and antipasto over the next 4-5+ years. 11 clones, predominantly 115, 667, 777, 5, 6 and 10/5, from the ‘Fromm’, Wairau, ‘Clayvin’ Brancott Valley, ‘Quarters’, Brancott Valley and ‘Yarrum’, Brancott Valley vineyards, vines 10-24 y.o., destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with approx. 75% whole berries to 13.5% lc., the wine spending 2-3 weeks on skins and aged 16 months in 12-15% new barriques. Certified BioGro organic.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 La Strada Pinot Noir is beautifully scented of warm cranberries, raspberry tart and kirsch with hints of garrique, dried herbs and forest floor. It fills the palate with perfumed, earth and kirsch laced flavors with satiny tannins and great freshness, finishing long. (LPB)  (3/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Distinctive blood orange and cherry flavors are bright and crisp, with plenty of spice and sandalwood accents on a plush, velvety frame, lingering beautifully on the finish. Drink now through 2028.  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

Fourth-generation Swiss winemaker Georg Fromm fell in love with New Zealand and opened his winery in 1992 with the goal of merging his European sensibility and the New Zealand terroir. Fromm Winery are one of THE go-to estates for NZ Pinot Noir with a long history of excellence. They are certified BioGro organic and all the wines are hand-crafted and small production. After selling these wines for 10+ years (I sold them in England too beforing moving to Calfornia) I am stoked to be importing them direct from the winery for K&L customers. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyerz) Winemaker's Notes: "A bright and pure Pinot with ripe fruit density and savoury undertones. Complex and harmonious with a structural complexity. From the very exciting 2014 vintage comes this appealing yet complex Pinot Noir. A blend of the four vineyards, it expresses two sub-regions of Marlborough (the clay soiled Brancott Valley plus the alluvial gravel and silt of the Wairau Valley). The nose offers a lovely purity of red/blue fruit (black cherries, blueberries and ripe wild strawberries) and is complimented by subtle integrated oak, graphite minerality an intriguing savoury spice. The palate shows generosity, balance and structure with ripe fruit concentration, layered tannins and focusing acidity."

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2017 | Send Email
The 2015 Pinot Noirs from Fromm are incredibly rich and concentrated, so black-fruited and peppery in nature that at first I thought I had poured a Syrah. I found the La Strada to be not only delicious, but utterly fascinating in its profile, loaded with spicy accents that played beautifully of the density of the fruit. I've been a big fan of the Fromm wines across the board since Ryan brought them in years ago, but this is easily the best vintage of Pinot Noirs I've ever tasted from the Marlborough producer. These are like more fruit-forward and accessible versions of Pommard for Burgundy fans.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2016 | Send Email
Beautiful aromatics of spicy cherries, strawberries and quite floral as well. This is a charming Pinot that also carries structure on the palate, rounding all the lifted aromatics and also giving it a touch of earth as well.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
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Quite forward and richly fruited on the nose and palate; bright red berries, with darker edges, lovely generosity of flavor and texture. Toasted spices, warm earth and wild herb notes gain momentum with decanting. Fantastic Pinot drawn from some of the Marlborough’s best Pinot Noir sites delivered at a bargain price. Fromm's pedigree on display here.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2026

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2016 | Send Email
The Fromm "La Strada" comes to us directly from NZ with a crazy low price point for a Pinot this ridiculously good. Made entirely with de-stemmed fruit from organic vineyards in Marlborough, it drinks like a high-class Burgundy without the price point. Overtly pretty aromatics of flowers and tea leaves dance from the glass while the palate brings vivid red berries, fresh minerality, subtle mushrooms and loam, finishing with a wave of cleansing acidity and pleasing length. At $25 a bottle, you're unlikely to find a better Pinot in the store!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
Holy Moly! This is great Pinot. It has everything, aromatics, texture, complexity and length. If you want to focus on one of these: texture. This wine, with some decanting, is seamless. Somewhere between crushed velvet and silk. It is the perfect medium for the dark berry, mineral and spice notes. This is luxury Pinot Noir that is very affordable.

Staff Image By: Kelsey McNellis | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
A must try Pinot from the Marlborough region. Great with food or alone! This medium bodied wine has dark cherry and floral aromas. On the palate are flavors of earth, sandalwood and raspberry with a beautiful lingering finish.

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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