2016 Ribbonwood (Framingham) Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $15)

SKU #1319006 Jancis Robinson

 Light crimson. Light and very slightly sweaty on the nose but with a gorgeous panoply of uninhibited rose-petal fruit on the palate. Pure pleasure! Full of life! 17/20 Points (JR_  (1/2017)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
Many of our best values in Pinot Noir come from NZ these days, a product of our direct import program, a favorable exchange rate, and the frankly unbelievable quality of the wines being produced there these days. A superb example is the 2016 Ribbonwood Marlborough Pinot Noir from Framingham. Generous red and black fruits with a savory/smoky edge and a hint of oak. Delicious.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2017 | Send Email
This is an excellent value in Pinot Noir. Marlborough is a world-class area for Pinot, but surprisingly, you can still find stunning values here as well. This wine is bright, medium bodied, full of lovely, clean, red berry fruit with just a hint of clove spice. The tannins are very fine and the acidity, while quite crisp, is well-integrated to the whole.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2017 | Send Email
Named after New Zealand's tallest native deciduous tree, Ribbonwood vineyard in Marlborough was first planted in 1998, and produces Pinot Noir that is unusually expressive and aromatic. Both smoky and lush, but with herbaceous and decidedly rosy aromas and flavors, this Pinot is certain to evoke imagery of a more peaceful, far off place that also practices 100% environmentally sustainable farming. Here's to the years to come.

Staff Image By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2017 | Send Email
Another fantastic Pinot Noir I thoroughly enjoyed from the Marlborough region. The nose has hints of tobacco and ripe fruit notes while the palate is savory, bright and short, with a delicious finish. A must-try for Pinot Noir lovers out there!

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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.