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2013 Escarpment Te Rehua Pinot Noir

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific


96-97James Suckling

...dark, mineral nose with graphite and slate, building to earth-crusted herbs, toasted nuts, dark chocolate, glacé orange peel, wet earth and crushed violets... On the palate there's striking clarity and focus, and the tannins are fine-tuned, super-smooth and rippling with energy. They drive long, smooth, clear, while dark-cherry and plum fruit flavors run alongside and wash up through the finish.

93The Wine Advocate

...pretty floral scented nose of violets and roses over a core of Bing cherries, cranberries and pomegranate. Medium-bodied, it offers a delicately flavored palate of red berries and subtle earth inflections supported by finely grained tannins and balanced acid, finishing with some minerals.

92Wine Enthusiast

...slightly jammy midpalate filled with plums and blackberries. Upfront, there's a floral element, and on the finish, some dusty tannins.

90Wine Spectator

Dried lavender, white pepper, chai tea, crushed rock and bright red fruit flavors of dried cherry and raspberry show a firm backbone of thick tannins. Features a long, lingering finish.

90Stephen Tanzer

...aromas of musky dark plum and black raspberry complicated by nuances of cola and earth. Rich, broad and enveloping...finishing with a firm spine of tannins and acids.


New Zealand, Wairarapa, Martinborough

Wairarapa is on the south end of New Zealand’s north island, and it is the country’s most exciting Pinot Noir region. Martinborough is the very small town that serves as the South Wairarapa region’s commercial center, and the district is home to more than 60 wineries, many of them specializing in Pinot Noir, and, more recently Pinot Gris. A mountain range between Wellington, to the west, and Wairarapa keeps the region’s vineyards temperate, with relatively dry falls that are optimal for Pinot Noir harvesting. The region also has the greatest variation between average daytime and average night temperatures, also a boon to grape growing and especially Pinot Noir. Sauvignon Blanc is also grown. ?


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.