The Best of Pinot Noir

GTiPinotNoir roundup unveiled


I'm concluding our two week look at Pinot Noir for Snooth's Global Tasting Initiative with a round up of my favorite wines. You might be surprised that I'm collecting a list of previously reviewed wines, but I need to let you in on a little secret: even wines that get great reviews and scores may not be to my or your liking!

Yes, it's true. Besides the overall quality of a wine, there are little things, taste and style, that set one 93 point wine apart from another. This feeds an endless amount of debate as some people just cannot understand how one could like that sweet, over-oaked glop. I don't care how many points (insert prominent wine critic here) gave it!

So here I lay it out for you, these are the wines that ring my bell. Let me know what you think, and also let me know who is making the Pinots that knock your socks off!

Number 15
2009 Wyndham Estate Bin 333 Pinot Noir

This smells lovely. A jammy, sort of astringent red fruit/red currant note on the nose is layered over vanilla, some light pickappepper marinade tamarindness, some preserved lime and a nice spice note. A touch soft on entry with tannins that are lightly peppery and just a hint of austere, though that adds some nice mouthgrab here. The fruit is bright and zesty with cedary top notes to the core of burnished cherry fruit. This is very clean, clear and refreshing with good length. It’s fairly complex, but at the same time rather subtle. 88pts

Number 14
2008 De Bortoli Vat 10 Warra Valley Pinot Noir

A bit beefy on the nose with cola, tea, tar and smoldering underbrush notes accenting sweet cranberry fruit. Rather round and lush on entry, then turning nicely taut through the mid-palate. Soft tannins support nicely round, lightweight cherry and slightly peachy fruit that rolls onto a fairly long, somewhat rusty and lightly stemmy finish. This shows a nice level of complexity with an edge of maturity, adding sweetness and softness to the palate. 89pts

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Number 13
2009 Alta Luna Cavit Vigneti delle Pinot Noir Dolomiti

Minor smoke notes and firm minerality greet the nose, backed up with strawberry and cherry fruit and a suggestion of dry wood. Rather medium bodied, this offers up a nice blend of cranberry/strawberry/raspberry fruit in a modestly rich, bright style. Shows off a hint of wood spice on the palate, then gains a modestly richer impression of tobacco leaf and mocha on the moderately long raspberry/strawberry finish. Fairly reminiscent of Bourgogne rouge. 87pts

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  • Snooth User: Bobby Boy
    219559 29

    Any global review of Pinot Noir which includes Australia needs to include the superlative wines of Bass Phillip from Gippsland, Vic. - made in minute quantities. Phillip Jones makes around 5 or 6 different Pinots each year headed up by his Premium and Reserve (the latter about 1 barrel). In the top echelon, Bindi from Macedon, Vic should also be considered with their Block 5, Original Vineyard and Composition. Also some terrific Pinots coming from the Yarra Valley with Oakridge (864) and Giant Steps personal favourites - see 2010 vintage. Tasmania is regularly making rich supple Pinots, with Freycinet, a perennial over-achiever and many from the Coal Valley.

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:46 PM

  • Snooth User: ggj
    552715 11

    Gregory you are amazing how you found our little secrets here in Oz is beyond me; we do not try to emulate the French Pinot Noir but have always tried to produce wonderfully fresh clean and what I would call true to style Pinot.

    Dec 01, 2011 at 5:27 AM

  • Snooth User: sgrate
    494615 7

    Did you try any of the MacMurray Pinot Noir? The Russian River Valley one is amazing.

    Dec 06, 2011 at 8:14 PM

  • Snooth User: Helen Poole
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    Aug 30, 2013 at 6:05 AM

  • fantastic

    Sep 27, 2013 at 2:31 AM

  • Excellent

    Oct 07, 2013 at 12:09 AM

  • good

    Jan 21, 2014 at 1:09 AM

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