2013 Giant Steps "Sexton" Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
From the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's premier Pinot Noir growing regions (you too, Tasmania, and you too, Brokenwood Pinot Noir). Ta da - Giant Steps! The perfect drop to enjoy with the Coltrane performance of the same name, we get something fragrant on the nose - wood or spices - and taste purple fruits. The wine has what we think of as the Yarra Valley leanness, perhaps more properly minerality. Very tasty, very food friendly.
95 JH; 92 ST
$40.49 as part of a mixed case.
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"Wonderfully intricate: powerful primary notes of wild blackberry, dried mushroom, mulberry bush with braised plum, cinnamon stick and sour cherry. Its focused and fine tannins are assisted by judicious Burgundian oak treatment."
"The 75 acre Giant Steps vineyard is on the north face of the Warramate Ranges in the central Yarra Valley, an hour eastof Melbourne. Established across a series of ridges rising from the 300 to 1000 foot level, the vineyard is planted torocky/gravelly clays. The pinot plantings comprise a selection of seven different clonal variations, sourced from Burgundy, Australia and New Zealand. Aged for 12 months in French oak, 30% new. 13.5% alc."
"95 pts ... Very good color, slightly deeper than Applejack; a vibrantly savory pinot, with cherry- accented fruit woven through a spicy/foresty palate of excellent length and persistence. Will richly reward 5 years in the cellar."
"92 pts ... Vivid red. Displays sexy, spice-accented red fruit and floral pastille scents and suggestions of dried flowers, anise and woodsmoke. An undercurrent of zesty minerality gives focus and lift to the plump raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, which flesh out and sweeten with air. The spicy quality comes back on the subtly tannic finish, which lingers with excellent clarity and tenacity. This suave pinot is delicious today but also has the stuffing to age."
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