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2013 Pinot Noir Block 5

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eRobertParker.com, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 2014

Med to deep ruby-purple, the 2013 Block 5 Pinot Noir is youthfully mute on the nose with subtle cherry and pomegranate notes plus underlying plum and garrigue hints with some Chinese five spice and tree bark. Medium bodied and very earthy, it fills the mouth with densely packed savory layers and firm grainy tannins, finishing long. 94 points.

New Zealand’s Pellucid Wines: More Light Than Heat , Stephen Tanzer, May 2016

Bright medium red. Captivating musky aromas of almost confectionery red fruits, spices and flowers. Savory and classically dry, showing dominant flavors of strawberry and raspberry. Can’t quite match the 2014 Block 5 for refinement of tannins or lift but this will be a beauty if it’s able to retain its fruit as the tannins soften. 91 Points.