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  • Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2019


    “Ata Rangi’s 2019 Pinot Noir is the whole package. It has a piercing, focused nose, offering clarity of fruit and the backing support of lightly spiced French oak. Reminiscent of fresh yet sweet cherry fruit and woody herbs on the palate, it also reveals a savory tobacco and game note that’s oh-so-Martinborough. The wine sits comfortably in your mouth, like a ball being gently cupped. It delivers excellent concentration, and the fine, powdery tannins coat the palate, leaving you licking the inside of your mouth and experiencing the texture of river stones. The finish is long, fresh and fragrant. Drinking window: 2023-2036. 97 points”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/22)

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  • Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2017


    “Clos Henri’s 2017 Pinot Noir is an excellent effort. Its subtle florals and ripe black cherries are concentrated but restrained, balanced against a backdrop of loam, crushed stone and pencil shavings. Medium-bodied and silky on the palate, it’s a wine made to complement food, not dominate it, with silky tannins and a long, gently textured finish. This French-owned property seems to be getting more and more consistent over recent vintages. Drink: 2021-2027. 91 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (04/21)

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  • Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2019


    “Attractive hints of crushed stone, graphite and nettle leaves appear on the nose of Clos Henri’s 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. Backed by layers of white grapefruit and riper notions of stone fruit, this medium-bodied wine is a fine effort. The silky, expansive mouthfeel leads into a long, gently textured finish that leaves tasters refreshed and yearning for another sip. After some irregular performances, this property seems to be finding its stride. Drink: 2021-2022. 92 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (04/21)

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  • Dry River Lovat Vineyard Syrah 2016


    “Already throwing out considerable sediment, the 2016 Lovat Vineyard Syrah became a vibrant purple hue in the glass. Violets and cracked pepper make for an enticing nose, and that’s backed by blueberries and blackberries on the palate. It’s medium-bodied but intense, with just-ripe tannins and bright acids that give the wine a precise, elegant feel and lengthy finish. One of two great Syrahs from Martinborough (the other being Kusuda’s), it should drink well for a decade or more. Drink: 2021-2030. 94 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (04/20)

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  • Dry River Pinot Noir 2016


    “While the 2016 Pinot Noir lacks the richness and depth of the powerful 2015, it’s more approachable and charming, with black cherries and raspberries leading the way. It’s medium-bodied and silky in texture, with herbal notes and some gentle tea-like tannins, but layered and long on the intricately detailed finish. Drink: 2020-2030. 92 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (241)

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  • Mahi Pinot Noir 2020


    “I first met owner-winemaker Brian Bicknell almost 15 years ago, when he was making the wines at Seresin Estate. His own label now takes up all of his time, but quantities remain small. Bicknell works with seven different vineyard sites, crafting some blended wines and some single-vineyard bottlings. He makes no secret of his preferences. “I love white Burgundy. Subtle up front with a long finish,” he said during my January visit. The single-vineyard wines tend to see more oak (although only a small portion is new) and wild ferments.”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (03/19)

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  • Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016


    “Pale ruby with some black tints. Crunchy blackberry and violets, herb and earth. Firm tannins, juicy acidity, spice, pepper and earth. Salty tang. Tense and tightly wound. Great wine. Drink: 2023-2028. 17.5+ points”

    Tim Jackson, (07/19)

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  • Dry River Chardonnay 2018


    “The 2018 Chardonnay is more approachable young than many vintages of this wine, reflecting a warm summer. Hints of toasted almond and nougat accent peach and pineapple notes on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate is silky and fine but more generous than typical, with an appealing round plumpness that only tightens up a bit on the lingering, silky-textured finish. Drink: 2020-2026. 93 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (04/20)

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