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Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

I recently conducted an experiment...Wine.com 10% off of $99, an offering that does not present very often.

All wines needed to score 90 or above by Wine Spectator..except for the Burn Cottage PN all bottles were less than $20. My purchase... five bottles in total.

1). Burn Cottage Moonlight Race 2015. WS 91..
Most expensive $42.
2). Novellum Chardonnay 92 by JD..this was
Included to make the $99.
3). Innocent Bystander PN 2017. 92 by WS.
...will keep you posted on other two.

This wine is great for sub $20...blueberry...cherry..tea leaves.a soft herbal component and dried flowers or sage. This definitely beat the Burn Cottage in terms of complexity!

Record temperature set in Iowa today! 1° early am! WHAT!⛄🌨
— 3 days ago

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Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Severn Goodwin Whar is happening! Second snow for us....just wrong!


Very nice! And we have had snow here for 2 weeks. Far too early! 🍷

The Remarkables

Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Really nice Pinot Gris - not to sweet or acidic — 11 days ago

Felton Road

Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2018

Breaks the mould of the typical light acidic pinot, this was amazing with light but complex spice, decent tannins and a lingering finish. It wasn't cheap, but I didn't pay for it! Thanks Ang! — 24 days ago

Burn Cottage

Moonlight Race Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

I am enjoying sampling PN's from different regions...Central Otago offers some nice selections..as always vintage depending...but I have found the 2015's to be quite nice!
This wine is New World in style...damp earth..mushrooms..bing cherry..mild oak...nutmeg..cinnamon...mild acidity..presents with a decent long finish!

Revisiting this post vacuum pumped and put in the fridge...this has opened up even more...enjoying the earthiness of this wine!
— 8 days ago

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David T

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@Dawn E. Such a beautiful region and area for Pinot’s. If you haven’t had, Felton Road or Rippon, they are Central Otago producers worth seeking out. 👍 Cheers! 🍷
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@David T Thank you for the recommendations..I truly appreciate them!
David T

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Rippon, darker, more brooding and Felton Road lighter with more bright red fruits.

Mud House Wines

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Very easy drinking. Would buy again. — 7 days ago

Felton Road

Bannockburn Riesling 2015

The aroma gives away the wine's origin, at least for me, with petrol and rubbery hints tickling the nasal passages. Lemon, lime, pineapple, honey, crushed stone, and rose petals ensue. The taste is like a sweeter-styled Spatlese. It leads with notes of honeyed citrus and cream, finishing with bruised apples, burnt sugar, and nuanced minerality. The flavours linger for a while, but is ultimately dominated by cloying sweetness. That is not to say that acidity was lacking, because the finish definitely sparkled with the cut of steely acidity on the tongue, but the sugar still persisted over this. The 15' Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling certainly looks well-made, but leaves me looking for some relief after a few glasses. Food wine for me. — 5 days ago

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Pisa Terrace Pinot Noir 2016

Purple-red, light to moderately extracted pigment, good clarity. Funk, raspberry and white pepper notes in nose. Blueberry, blackberry, some cola, plus umami and a touch of saline flavors. Light medium-weight tannins in finish. Tannins soften fairly rapidly, 30 minutes. An interesting variation from his Oregon pinots, but solid in its own right. — 13 days ago

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Felton Road

Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2010

Focused, personality, fun, great balance
I find it a little light when we think that we are drinking Central Otago, but Felton Rd is so unique. Never overpowering.
I just wonder if I identify their wines more with the region or with their winemaking🧐
Ps this might tell you how wine is a cerebral enjoyment rather than just material 🤔
— 6 days ago

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Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2018

Bone dry spicy Pinot with nice earthy edge. — 12 days ago

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Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Very light, very light tannins, super juicy, little sweet — 25 days ago