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Ann Feely
 
May 22, 2019 | Ann Feely

Wine Spectator Insider Reviews Valli Vineyards Pinot Noirs

The new Wine Spectator Insider has just been released and it includes excellent reviews for two wines from one of our supplier partners, Valli Vineyards from Central Otago.  “The best examples of Pinot Noir reflect the character of where they came from.  Pinot’s native home and ultimate reference point is Burgundy, but California, Oregon, Australia and New Zealand are now established as alternate sources of Pinot Noir greatness, yielding pure expressions of their respective terroirs.  The selection here highlights some of the best styles from recent tastings….”

Valli

Pinot Noir Central Otago Bendigo Vineyard 2016

93 points | $59 | 25 cases imported | Red

Distinctly spicy, with sarsaparilla, clove and cedar notes that mingle with dense blackberry and blueberry flavors.  The tannins are firm, the acidity fresh.  Details of sandalwood and cigar box linger on the finish.  Drink now through 2034. From New Zealand. – M.W.

 

Valli

Pinot Noir Central Otago Gibbston Vineyard 2016

92 points | $59 | 25 cases imported | Red

Shows presence and structure, with herbal and licorice notes setting up the framework for the dense and spicy blackberry and cherry flavors at the core.  Fine-grained tannins and spicy black tea details fan out on the finish.  Drink now through 2033. From New Zealand. – M.W.

Wine Spectator Insider May 22, 2019

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