We have a great deal for fans of intensely aromatic, lithe-bodied wines! This is no gimmick, just really good wine that tastes of its place. It's the Cobblestone 2013 "Te Muna" Pinot Noir, previously retailing for more than $30, but which we're able to offer at the no-brainer price of $11.95!
New Zealand has been a hotspot for Pinot Noir for some time now, from the more concentrated Central Otago style to the often lighter, everyday drinkers of Marlborough. But on the North Island, the Martinborough region has developed a somewhat quiet reputation for New Zealand's most complexly perfumed Pinot Noir, often said to be more "Burgundian" after the variety's spiritual & physical homeland in France. The road that cuts through some particularly great vineyards here (Te Muna, meaning "secret place") is the address for a number of lauded vineyards and wineries such as Escarpment and Craggy Range.
It's here that California winery, Cobblestone, found a second home in which to make some Pinot Noir with New Zealand's hallmark intensity of aroma and flavor, and racy brightness in the mouth. At six years, the 2013 Te Muna Pinot Noir is in peak form, beaming out the variety's distinctive savory and forest floor qualities, ripe red fruits and citrus, along with subtle, well-meshed oak that enhances with woodsy accents. Supple, juicy, and with just a dusting of tannin on the palate, it finishes on a ripe but refreshingly bright cherry note. At $11.95, it's definitely a must buy, especially with a well-matched dish like cedar-plank Salmon. You might find a new house wine (while it lasts)!
JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - "A more cedary oak influence here. Woody, savory complexity with blood oranges, red cherries and a slightly smoky thread leading into the palate. Plenty of ripe, fleshy cherry flavors. Glossy, ripe tannins to close. Drink or hold."
The family-run Cobblestone winery was founded in 1971 in Monterrey County, expanding to Atlas Peak in Napa in 1997. They began their New Zealand enterprise in 2008.