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Loveblock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

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Daniel P. Drake Delectable Pro

Sunday night and tonight's wine is the 2018 Loveblock Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand. On the nose there is strawberry, cranberry, cherry, cola, caramel, vanilla and a mineral dust soil component. On the palate there is nice fruit, cranberry, cherry, raspberry, clove, herbs, mint and dusty soil. This is a medium bodied wine that has a smooth mouth feel, medium + acidity with medium fine tannins that move right into a medium to long fresh fruit finish. Have a wonderful week ahead and please be safe. Nostrovia!

Sunday night and tonight's wine is the 2018 Loveblock Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand. On the nose there is strawberry, cranberry, cherry, cola, caramel, vanilla and a mineral dust soil component. On the palate there is nice fruit, cranberry, cherry, raspberry, clove, herbs, mint and dusty soil. This is a medium bodied wine that has a smooth mouth feel, medium + acidity with medium fine tannins that move right into a medium to long fresh fruit finish. Have a wonderful week ahead and please be safe. Nostrovia!

8.9

Randy Fuller Delectable Pro

The 2018 Loveblock Pinot Noir comes from the mountains of Central Otago, the small Someone’s Darling Vineyard. It’s all Pinot Noir, and is one of the most restrained and elegant of that varietal that I have tasted from New Zealand. The label may say Central Otago, but the wine suggests Burgundy. It’s aged eight months in used oak barrels, hits 13.5% abv and sells for $30. The nose is light and beautiful. Crawford seemed apologetic when describing it as an odd vintage, but I think she would have more on target to be boastful.

The 2018 Loveblock Pinot Noir comes from the mountains of Central Otago, the small Someone’s Darling Vineyard. It’s all Pinot Noir, and is one of the most restrained and elegant of that varietal that I have tasted from New Zealand. The label may say Central Otago, but the wine suggests Burgundy. It’s aged eight months in used oak barrels, hits 13.5% abv and sells for $30. The nose is light and beautiful. Crawford seemed apologetic when describing it as an odd vintage, but I think she would have more on target to be boastful.

9.5

Ron R Delectable Pro

I typically follow WS when it comes to picking out great wines, but their 93 pts rating and tasting description is wide of the mark. It presents as a typical cool-climate pinot. Really nice brambly nose, with sandalwood and rose petals. Palate is high-pitched, with the elevated acid being the first noticeable aspect. Fruits such as pomegranate follow through to the end. Medium tannins and a light texture complete what is a clean, vibrant example. $24 for this vintage in NJ. I rated this 88 pts, while wifey was in the 91/92 zone, so we split the difference.

I typically follow WS when it comes to picking out great wines, but their 93 pts rating and tasting description is wide of the mark. It presents as a typical cool-climate pinot. Really nice brambly nose, with sandalwood and rose petals. Palate is high-pitched, with the elevated acid being the first noticeable aspect. Fruits such as pomegranate follow through to the end. Medium tannins and a light texture complete what is a clean, vibrant example. $24 for this vintage in NJ. I rated this 88 pts, while wifey was in the 91/92 zone, so we split the difference.

9.0

Stacy Howland

Medium bodied and smooth, so delicious I went and bought another bottle.

Medium bodied and smooth, so delicious I went and bought another bottle.

9.3

Thomas Hanft

Needed to be decanted to be drinkable. Heavy acidity. Once decanted it wasn't bad. Wine spectator #46 best wines of 2019. Didn't see it

Needed to be decanted to be drinkable. Heavy acidity. Once decanted it wasn't bad. Wine spectator #46 best wines of 2019. Didn't see it

8.5

George Hesse

A bit too sweet for me. I don’t think I would get it again.

A bit too sweet for me. I don’t think I would get it again.

8.4

Joe Gillies

Lighter style with tart red fruits and earthy notes. I dont really get the high rating from WS. More like 88/89 than 93.

Lighter style with tart red fruits and earthy notes. I dont really get the high rating from WS. More like 88/89 than 93.

8.8

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  • 1003 4th Avenue East
    Olympia, WA 98506

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