Pinot Noir from Australia, California & France

Final post from the week in which Australia Day falls, with the accent today on Pinot Noir.

Louis Latour Maranges 2012, Burgundy, France (£23.54 Spirited Wines)
There’s gentle raspberry fruit in here, but overall, it’s rather fey, with not enough flesh and flavour to back up the stalky notes, and a touch of brett too. C

Santolin Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2013, Yarra Valley, Australia (£18.99 Naked Wines)
Another one with a stalky note plus a hint of mint/eucalyptus but here, they’re in supporting roles to the juicy blueberry, red berry and woody cherry fruit. Generous in flavour, but remaining subtle and tasty. S

Matt Parish Pinot Noir 2013, Santa Rita Hills, California (£22.99 Naked Wines)
Rich but velvety in texture, almost like Pinot Noir made from the southern Rhône, has a smoky spicy edge to its plummy black cherry, coffee and cinnamon flavours, with the warmth of alcohol coming through on the finish, but not excessively so. S(-)

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