Ata Rangi Masters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020


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“The 2020 Masters Pinot Noir is immediately aromatically distinct from the other wines here. It leads with a floral/orange blossom character on the nose, with blood, graphite, cherry, sumac and cracked cumin seeds. It’s one thing for Pinot to taste good, but it’s a whole other level of experience for it to smell good; and I feel I could smell this all day. On the palate, the wine is weighty and wide, blanketing the tongue and feeling cohesive and harmonious. The whole bunch character here works structurally, without leaving any distinct whole bunch characters. It’s really great, pleasurable, distinct and exciting. It’s a full 360-degree experience, with weight, aroma, flavor, spool of acid, saliva, etc. Kirsch is through the finish. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink: 2023-2035. 96 points

This has similar clay soils to the McCrone Vineyard. There’s 70% whole bunch in the ferment.”

Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (12/23)