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2015 Dry River Pinot Noir Martinborough

SKU #1500601 95 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Intense pinot noir, but rather more elegant than the blockbuster styles I expect from Dry River. Quite tight and youthful with dark berry, Black Doris plum, spice, anise and a generous oak influence. Needs at least a few years in bottle to reveal its true potential. Inner quote mark (11/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2015 Pinot Noir comes from a year that saw reduced crop yields and a dry summer. The result is a concentrated, tannic, age-worthy wine that was aged in 20%-25% new French oak hogsheads. It's medium to full-bodied and velvety in texture, with black cherry notes that come dangerously close to being chocolaty, but it retains a sense of freshness on the long, rich finish. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Super dark fruits, super ripe and super concentrated, this is pinot noir taken to several extremes all at once. The nose is in the ripe dark plum, graphite, plum pudding and spiced panforte zone. The palate has a very strong core of tannins of unquestionable power but which have pastry-like, ripe smooth edges. The dark plum fruits run deep. Super concentrated and slightly sinewy, this wears the scars of a low-yielding and dry vintage. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Wilco Lam makes this wine at a vineyard established by Neil and Dawn McCallum in 1979. In 2015, Lam increased the percentage of new oak barrels to balance the density of the fruit and tannins in the grapes. Those tannins are just now beginning to open up, along with the spice from whole clusters in the fermentation, their brisk, brash structure releasing a rush of red fruit, darker cherry tones and woodland berries. Still focused by the tannins, the fruit goes on to last with a cool rosy brightness. At a lovely moment of its development right now, this will continue to age with grace. (JG) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

K&L Notes

13.0 Abv

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