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2005 Staete Landt Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Winery: Staete Landt

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard:

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Marlborough

State or country: New Zealand

Price: $28

Cases produced: 1,600

KWG Score: 90.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89.99-87)

Review date: July 26, 2007

Wine Review: This wine finished third in our most recent blind Pinot Noir tasting. This deep garnet wine opens with a wonderful inviting Lavender bouquet with hints of spicy licorice and wood. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is nicely balanced, quite juicy, and crisp. The flavor profile of the wine is mild raspberry fruit flavors, a bit of spice, and a touch peppery. The panel thought this wine would pair well with salmon and swordfish. The finish is dry, delightful, and lingers nicely. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: This wine was aged in 25% new French oak barrels and 75% older French oak barrels. This has contributed to the development of a complex and structured wine with powerful and ripe, spicy fruit driven tannins. This Pinot Noir has aromas of ripe black cherries and violets with a lovely earthy complexity underpinned with subtle liquorice characters. This is a full-bodied wine with an elegant tannin structure and a lingering finish. This wine will repay cellaring for three to five years.

Organic status: not organic

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