Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top $20 Pinot Noir Tasted /2013

4. Wairau River Wines Pinot Noir (2011)

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Fairly intense and immediate on the nose with lots of earth, tea, and slightly rubbery smoky aromas. This is pretty powerful and front loaded in the mouth with a slightly chewy, glycerin rich mouthfeel that makes this glossy and a bit indistinct in the mouth. There are fine underlying tannins that dimple the surface and add an attractive touch of mouthgrab here supporting cranberry and lightly vanilla laced flavors that pick up a nuanced vegetal hint on the backend before fading into a mineral and earth driven finish of moderate length. A bit tacky with fruit tannins, this will probably improve over the next 18 months or so. 88pts
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  • 84340827 bcarroll I drink a lot of Pinot from Oregon and California and by far my favorite in the 20.00 range is Cambria, Julia's Vineyard, hands down the best. A higher price is not always an indicator a better bottle of wine

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