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2017 Fromm "Cuvée H" Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1463354 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a bold, complex and spicy pinot with plenty of ripe dark cherries and red berries, brash but integrated toasty oak, pomegranate and spices in abundance. This all leads to a super succulent palate that drives energetic, rich and scintillatingly fresh red-cherry and blood-orange flavors long, amid smoothly polished tannins. Drink or hold. *Five Stars* Inner quote mark (8/2019)

96 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark Made from grapes grown on their estate vineyards, this delectably styled pinot shows dark fruit intensity together with mixed spice, floral, vanilla and game nuances on the nose. The palate is equally stunning with outstanding weight and concentration, backed by layers of fine texture and polished tannins. At its best: 2020 to 2030. Certified organic. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark In honour of Fromm's winemaker, Hatsch Kalberer, who blended wines from several vineyards to produce this rich, ripe and complex pinot noir with plum, savoury, herb, spice and nutty oak flavours. An impressive wine that's an advertisement for blending rather than expressing place. Inner quote mark (3/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Basically a barrel selection and blend by winemaker Hatsch Kalberer, the 2017 Cuvee H Pinot Noir is bold, full-bodied and rich, with black cherries underscored by hints of vanilla. Velvety and plush, this scores high on the hedonistic scale, even if it doesn't carry a specific vineyard signature. Drink through 2030. (JC) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

K&L Notes

Fromm is a small organic and Biodynamic practicing estate in Renwick at the center of Marlborough's Wairau Valley. They have been producing wine since 1992 and strive to make hand-crafted wines that represent unique vineyard expressions. After visiting the property in 2011 we knew that these wines were special. We are delighted that we have developed such a great relationship with winemaker Hätsch Kalberer to offer these wines at fraction of their worth due to a direct winery purchase deal. I hope you enjoy the wines as much as we have. Winery note: "In 2017 we released a wine under the name Cuvee "H" to honor Hätsch's 25 years of making exceptional Pinot Noir in Marlborough. Cuvee "H" is a blend of some of our single vineyard sites and we regard it as our flagship Pinot Noir." *organic*

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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2020 | Send Email
This is definitely a Pinot Noir with some substance and the bold, yet velvety smooth mouthfeel make this wine standout. There is weight, spice and nuance here, with plenty of length and rounded tannin giving persistence to the flavor. Not shy or insipid, this barrel-select lot has dark plum, blackberry, and spice box notes, and will hold up to any punchy food pairing. The pure expression of flavors in this wine are a testament to the organic farming practices.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2020 | Send Email
Sauvignon Blanc tends to command the conversation surrounding wine from Marlborough, New Zealand. But a handful of small producers have been making exceptional Pinot Noir from a handful of select sites in the Southern Valleys of Wairau that are suited perfectly to Pinot Noir. And without a doubt, Fromm is the best Pinot Noir producer in Marlborough to date. For almost thirty years Swiss winemaker Hätsch Kalberer has been crafting elegant, delicious Pinot Noir from the best Pinot Noir sites across the Southern Valleys. The Cuvee H, named for Hätsch, is their flagship wine. A barrel selection from Clayvin, Quarters, Churton and Fromm Vineyard, this is sultry, seductive Pinot Noir. Brimming with black cherries, ripened strawberries, along with touches of spice, cola and clove, this is blended from the best vineyards. The new oak and generous fruit intertwine to a fuller-bodied Pinot Noir that is deep in its complexity, but effortless to drink. One of Marlborough's best.

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