2014 Dog Point Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1309096 96 points James Suckling

 Plenty of depth to this 2014 Dog Point pinot. It's a boldly stated and concentrated pinot with plenty of detail and interest on offer. The oak delivers plenty of spicy, mocha-tinged complexity, but the rich red-cherry and plum fruit shines through effortlessly. The palate exudes the same confident swagger as the nose, but it's the tannin texture that shines here: Handsome, grainy and long, it carries ripe dark-plum and cherry-fruit flavors in an expansive yet balanced style. Has all you want in a great pinot. Drink now to 2026  (3/2017)

94-95 points Raymond Chan

 Dark, deep, ruby-rd colour with dark purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is finely concentrated with bright and complex detailed aromas of dark red berry and cherry fruit intermixed with dark herbs and whole cluster aromatic stalk notes and some earthiness, unfolding dark red floral, raspberry liqueur and liquorice elements. Medium-bodied, the palate is refined and tightly concentrated with gently rich and plush flavours of dark red berry fruits, plums and liquorice entwined with spices, herbs and savoury whole cluster stalk elements, as well as violet florals. The wine has fine-grained tannins and structure balancing the sweet fruit, with integrated acidity lending drive and line. The wine carries to a refined, lingering finish of dark fruits and savoury herb and floral detail. This is an elegantly concentrated, rich Pinot Noir with dark berry fruit and complexing herb and spice notes, and a refined structure. Match with pork, lamb, beef and venison over the next 6 years.

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2014 Pinot Noir (aged 18 months in 50% new French oak) offers a classy, seamless and elegant profile to go with textbook Pinot Noir notes of black cherries, smoke, forest floor, and peppery herbs. This cuvée sees a touch of whole clusters in the ferment but they’re beautifully integrated. It’s drinking nicely today yet I see no reason it won’t continue evolving nicely for at least 7-8 years.  (3/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Elegant, plush, plump plum and black cherry flavors are accented by black tea, spice and licorice notes. Gains momentum on the finish, where shadings of cedar and date bread add another level of richness. Drink now through 2026. (MW)  (10/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir offers a great core of ripe mulberries, black cherries and black raspberry notes with hints of garrigue, lavender and roses. The soft, satiny, medium-bodied palate offers mouth-filling berry flavors, finishing long and perfumed. (LPB)  (12/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Lively crimson. Real fan of flavours on the nose - unusual in this context. Very bright Marlborough signature on the palate - another wine that really succeeds within the Marlborough idiom. Very slight coffee note on the end. Long and impressive. Drink 2017-2021. 17/20 Points (JR)  (1/2017)

K&L Notes

94 points Wine Front: "Cherry, mint nougat, plum and aromatic herbs. It's medium bodied, fleshy and full of flavour, grainy tannin shapes it up, plump fruit with cool acidity, and a long tannin dusted finish. Lovely wine. Delightful." (02/2017)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2017 | Send Email
Rather than repeat the superlatives about this wine that the critics have already put in ink I'll simply tell you that I secured every single case of this wine I could put my hands on. I tasted it about 12 months ago and have been tracking its progress from NZ ever since. It's a stunning wine on every level and confirms that: (A) Marlborough can make world-class Pinot Noir. And: (B) Dog Point are one of the benchmark producers in the entire southern hemisphere. This is meticulously crafted Pinot Noir from some of most perfectly situated vineyards in the country, farmed under certified organic methods. It combines the vibrancy and succulence of fruit that is New Zealand's trademark and intertwines it with some of the exotic, alluring, savory, earthy qualities that makes Pinot Noir so evocative and enthralling...guess I couldn't avoid the superlatives entirely!
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2027

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2017 | Send Email
The incredible scores this Pinot Noir has received are well deserved in a wine such as this. This Pinot is incredibly soft and supple and is sure to be a favorite of any Pinot lover. It is velvety in mouthfeel with deep fruit and a slight woodsy character. It has a well-balanced nature and a long lasting mouthfeel. I truly feel this wine would please most palates with its approachable yet sophisticated style.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2017 | Send Email
I would have guessed Cote de Beaune had I tasted this blind: lots of baking spice, hints of dried herbs and black tea, with dusty tannins and dark black cherry on the finish. The more and more we get access to great pinot noir from New Zealand, the more I think the aromatics and flavors continue to blur the border between Marlborough and Burgundy. In the case of this Dog Point, it's everything I generally head to France for, just more lifted, vibrant, and ready to drink in its youth. All the complexity with none of the wait - but it will still evolve nicely!

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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 (%): 14