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Yarra Valley

Australia, Pinot Noir, Coldstream Hills, Yarra Valley, 2008

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N/ Started crisp and clean, but almost too acidic. Slowly softened to reveal black tea, clean forest floor, and cherry. Interesting and delicious wafts of ripe, gamey, cheese on the finish. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Seared, smoked cherry. Great fruit and acid balance. Tad fuzzy and soft. Light mineral finish. Note: an absolutely refreshing honesty on […]

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Australia, Pinot Noir, Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Yarra Valley, 2009

C/ Tad cloudy. N/ Lightly smoked earth and cherries. Strong black tea. Wild herbs. Interestingly some light wafts of black olive. Clean leather and cigar box. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slight chalkiness. Nice, bracing acid leading to a healthy payload of red and blue berries. Black tea. Cranberry finish. Winemaker = Steve Flamsteed Price = Current […]

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Australia, Pinot Gris, Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Yarra Valley, 2009

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N/ Honeysuckle, crisp hay, crushed river stones, light confectionery with some rounded woods. Touch of pear on the ending. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel.  Very pleasant acid kick which rushes you into to restrained, but ripe, tropical fruits. Her crisp minerality is nicely balanced with a mouth-watering acidity. Even better when served colder than normal […]

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