Grove Mill Pinot Noir Marlborough 2009
The grapes for this wine are hand harvested from Grove Mill's vineyards in Marlborough. Fermentation on skins is conducted in closed stainless steel tanks with pump-overs. Pre- and post ferment maceration is practised, as well as partial barrel fermentation to build complexity. This Pinot Noir is of a lighter style with more elegance. It is characterised by dark berry fruits, violets and mocha chocolate. It has attractive tannins, good weight and length with an excellent structure.
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Based in the Awatere Valley – the southernmost, coolest and driest of Marlborough's growing regions – Yealands is one of only a handful of wineries around the world to be certified as carbon neutral and the first-ever to be certified from inception. The estate was founded on 08-08-08 by dynamic environmental entrepreneur and iconic figure Peter Yealands. Combining the very latest cutting-edge green technology and highly innovative thinking, the Yealands name quickly became synonymous with a passion for crafting ultra-premium wines in the most environmentally-friendly manner. Comprising 133 vineyards blocks on 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres), Yealands’ sustainable Seaview estate is designed with biological diversity in mind. Alongside the vineyards, 25 wetlands and more than 175,000 types of native flora support an ever-increasing range of fauna. Peter’s motto of “Think Boldly, Tread Lightly and Never Say it Can’t Be Done” guides his dedication to the land. His holistic approach to constantly-evolving sustainable vine growing practices has not only garnered global acclaim for beautifully crafted wines, but also admiration for his visionary tenacity. In 2014, Yealands was selected as the 2014 “Green Company of the Year” by The Drinks Business. Production Area The Awatere Valley Vineyards are the southernmost, coolest and driest of Marlborough’s growing regions. Its proximity to the coastline and strong offshore winds impart a distinctive mineral and fresh herbal character. The Wairau Vineyard, in a suburb of Marlborough, is the most northerly planted vineyard. Located primarily on river beds, the soils have a high composition of river stones which reflect light and heat into the canopy, resulting in their distinctive tropical fruit characteristics. Vinification The low yielding Pinot Noir blocks were harvested at optimum ripeness. All clones were harvested and made separately. The parcels were cold macerated at 6-8 degrees for around five days before being warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts. A fast, hot fermentation proceeded with regular punch downs and the use of pulse air which has helped to craft a wine elegance and balance. The parcels were gently pressed off after fermentation. A portion of the parcels spend some time in second-year French oak barrels while undergoing malolactic fermentation. The parcels underwent a light fining, and were blended and filtered prior to bottling. Color Bright ruby red. Bouquet Red cherry with a hint of savory spice. Taste Juicy, fresh red fruit flavors with supple, soft tannins and a lingering finish. Alcohol 14% Serving Suggestions Perfect match for lamb and pork dishes and of course the quintessential pairing for turkey.
Situated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina’s Mendoza region, the El Portillo (meaning “portal” or “gateway”) winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday enjoyment. Harmony with nature is readily apparent in every aspect of this property, which is designed to deliver wines that capture and respect the pristine beauty of their birthplace. El Portillo’s state-of-the-art winery is largely built of local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley. This enables the facility to better blend in with the surrounding environment. Built on three levels, each 16 feet deep, with much of the facility concealed below ground, El Portillo is also notable for its employment of a gravity-flow system. This minimizes handling of grapes and helps protect the integrity of the fruit. The facility’s ingenious design, which takes careful advantage of the gentle slopes on which it is built, is thought to be unique in South America. Production Area The Pinot Noir grapes were grown in very select plots in our estate vineyard Finca El Portillo, at 1,100 meters above sea level. Alluvial soils lay atop a gravel bed, with good permeability and drainage. Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification Grapes were hand-harvested at the optimum ripening point. After gentle de-stemming and selection, the berries were placed in stainless steel tanks where they underwent a period of cool skin contact, followed by fermentation with select yeasts at 75°F to 79°F for 10 to 15 days. After fermentation, the wine was racked by gravity into stainless steel tanks, avoiding the need to pump. Color Light crimson red Bouquet Cherries, ripe blackberries and a subtle note of spice on the nose Taste Full-bodied and rich, this wine has a well-balanced palate with sweet, soft tannins leading to an elegant finish Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Enjoy with grilled meats, seared tuna steaks and fresh salmon
Yealands Pinot Noir 2013 - 88 Points - Wine Enthusiast/ There’s a pronounced herbal, resiny note alongside lovely floral aromatics and bright red-fruit flavors of strawberries and raspberries. It’s light in body, yet lingers crisply on the finish, echoing berry herbal tea.
Pinot Noir - 2013 - 87 Points - Wine Enthusiast/ Bright and friendly, this supple young red offers fresh red-berry flavors that are lightly accented by hints of tobacco and spice. Mouthwatering acidity gives it a vibrant character and a clean, dry finish. It’s made to be drunk young so enjoy now.
Pinot Noir 2009 - Top Wine Values of 2011, Snooth/ 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 that shows off a hint of wood spice on the palate then gains a modestly richer impression of tobacco leaf and an insinuation of mocha on the moderately long raspberry/strawberry finish. Fairly reminiscent of a nice Bourgogne.
New destination rises in the Andes/ Tart cherry flavors, soft, rich, ripe tannins.
Principato, meaning “Princely Realm” or principality, refers to northeast Italy’s Tre Venezie, a region embracing the majesty of the snow-capped Dolomite Alps and the picturesque beauty of Italy’s romantic Lake District. For wine lovers the Tre Venezie is also a source of Principato; one of Italy’s most popular and affordable wines. Introduced in 1978, it has become a welcome and familiar feature of daily American family dining. Production Area Lombardy’s province of Pavia Grape Varieties 100% Pinot Noir Vinification The grapes are picked at peak maturity and undergo fermentation for 6-8 days under controlled temperatures in small stainless steel vats. The wine then is placed in larger oak barrels, where it rests on its lees until malolactic fermentation has occurred. The wine is refined in tank before bottling and release. Color Vivacious purple Bouquet Rodolent of black cherry and dark berry fruit Taste Well structured, with flavors of red berries Serving Suggestions A perfect complement to grilled meats, salmon and turkey.
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