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    Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir - Martinborough, New Zealand

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    • JH95
    • W&S93
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 Australian Wine Companion, 93 Wine Spectator, 93 Wine & Spirits, 91 The Wine Advocate, 90 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: Martinborough, New Zealand

    Varietal: Pinot Noir

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 103487

    Winemaker's Notes:

    #42 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

    Deep blackish red. Dark brooding fruit aromas of black cherry, boysenberry with florals, truffle and tar. The palate is silkily structured, with layered fine tannins giving a texture of silk and rose petals. Flavors of the same black fruits and florals, backed with mushroom, bark, fennel and other spices. Dense yet elegant and poised. The finish gradually unwinds revealing bright red berry and violets.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Craggy Range has hitherto used corks for all its red wines; why it has moved to screwcap with its more powerful Central wines, but kept cork for this more elegant Martinborough wine I'm not sure. Regardless, the spicy black cherry, plum and spice fruit has excellent precision and focus through the length of the palate.

    95 Points
    Australian Wine Companion

    Smooth and polished, weaving a hint of licorice into the huckleberry, raspberry and plum flavors. A wave of mineral character adds to the depth on the long, refined finish. Drink now through 2016.

    93 Points
    Wine Spectator

    A little pistol of a wine, this packs a range of complex flavors into a tight space. Foresty red fruit flavors are at the center, surrounded by complex herbal notes ranging from black tea to woodland moss and something sharper, lie the bite of fresh parsley. Oak rounds any of the fruit's sharp edges to yield a velvet texture, youthfully compact with the energy to age well.

    93 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    With just 5% whole bunch ferment and one-third in French new oak, the delightful 2008 Te Muna Pinot Noir has well-defined nose with raspberry, strawberry and a touch of crushed stones and demonstrates far more clarity than Craggy's other Pinot Noir '08s. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but brittle tannins, slightly lower acidity than expected but with crisp cranberry and raspberry leaf towards the finish. This Pinot has delightful purity and sense of panache. Drink now-2018.

    91 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Always dark in color and flavor profile. Craggy Range stays true to those traits with an excellent 2008 from its own Te Muna Road Vineyard. Hints of cocoa, dried herb and leather accent vibrant black cherry and plum flavors, while the tannins are silky and refined. Drink Now-2015

    90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast
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    David Gowan (12/21/2010)
    With 2007 & 2008 California & pacific coast Pinot Noirs so outstanding, any other must be judged against them. I and my guests agreed this wine is "top three" among the PNs we have tasted in the last year. It deserves its ratings. Terrific nose, great fruit flavor. Would compliment most any food, but can stand alone as a glass of cheer. More complex than others.
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    Napa Native (9/28/2010)
    I have written reviews for previous vintages of Craggy Range Pinot Noir and this vintage is no different. Probably one of my favorite Pinot Noirs period, not just my favorite New Zealand Pinot. As you can see by the scores listed, it is one of the highest rated and consistent New Zealand Pinot made. If you are looking for a Pinot which is very fruity with a supple, velvety finish this is your wine. I drank a whole bottle before I even started to think about dinner.
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    Bill Zipper (3/23/2011)
    Ok the first day, much better the second; actually very good the third day which suggests that it needs a little decanting. Very nice.
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    ShrinkMe (10/3/2011)

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