2015 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $25)

SKU #1318890 93 points Bob Campbell

 Made from a blend of wines from the Wairau Valley, Brancott Valley and Waihopai Valley with a vine age if 14-25 years. The only Fromm Pinot to be filtered and fined or to be sealed with a screwcap. It also spends a week less on the skins than the others. Weighty and reasonably concentrated Pinot Noir with ripe plum, dark berry and a hint of chocolate. An accessible and appealing wine.  (1/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 Florals and mixed berries with red-cherry fruits. This has up-front appeal with a palate that is no pushover. The tannins are sturdy, too.  (3/2017)

93 points Sam Kim

 The fragrant bouquet shows beautifully ripe cherry, plum, clove and floral characters with hints of game and nutmeg notes. The palate is rounded and elegantly weighted, and delivers excellent fruit purity and delicate savoury complexity, wonderfully structured by fine, chalky tannins. It is expressive and generous, while remaining elegant and poised.

91 points Wine Spectator

 Peppery, spicy, velvety flavors of cherry and plum show whiffs of licorice and black tea, melting into Earl Grey tea notes on the finish. (MW, Web-2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Subtle notes of pencil shavings add structure and complexity to the bold fruit of Fromm's 2015 La Strada Pinot Noir. A blend of five different vineyard sources and 11 clones, this medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir offers supple tannins, bright cherry flavors and a crisp, lingering finish. (JC)  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

94 points Cameron Douglas MS: "Fresh, steely, youthful and quite primary with freshly gathered red berry fruits, judicious use of oak, but enough to add a layer of wood, wood spice and toastiness, a building complexity as the wine opens it doors. On the palate - frim, youthful and dry; flavours of red berry fruit, some garrigue and wood tones, moderate tannin presence with firm texture adding some tension, a pause, then flows into the finish. Youthful and needs some cellar time. Drink now if decanted first otherwise open from 2019 onwards."

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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