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!
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
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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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