Dog Point Pinot Noir 2018
|Region||New Zealand, Marlborough|
"Attractive, earthy and spicy aromas are wound seamlessly into bright, red and darker cherries. This is complex and fragrant with dialed-in oak. The palate has impressively intense red-cherry flavors with succulent acidity and smooth, fluid tannins. Composed finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap." James Suckling 94 points Drink 2023-28
An understated Pinot Noir that is self-assured on the midpalate. It has a lovely sense of sinew, providing a chalky tension through the midweight core, which is emphasized further by the streak of cool-climate acidity. This isn't fruit-forward; it's a more savory expression, with high violet notes providing the top line of the score and subtle herb and cedar notes (30% new French oak) bringing up the base. Already starting to drink well, this has the structure to evolve from now to the mid-term.
Intense, with an earthy forest floor note along with a whiff of campfire smoke, showing black cherry, red licorice and cedar notes on the muscular finish. Drink now. 3,500 cases made, 600 cases imported.