Escarpment Over the Edge Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand

$15.00 $13.49
Save $1.51
Item No. 102446
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • Green wine
  • W&S90
Style: Light & Fruity

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2012
  • JS92

Winemaker's Notes

Tasting Notes: A full bodied style with great backbone and a long lingering finish. An immediately accessible wine, which will improve over the next 2 years.

This Martinborough Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown on the alluvial gravel terraces for which the district has become famous. The season was exceptionally warm allowing high quality, fully ripe fruit to be harvested early with brilliant ripe cherry flavors.

Critical Acclaim

"BEST BUY. From Larry McKenna's vineyard, Over the Edge is his more affordable line of wines. This needs a day of air to get past its funky vegetal tones and emphasize the brighter raspberry flavors of the fruit. It's layered and intense, a spicy, earthy pinot noir to cellar for several years. Once matured, it will match brisket. "
90 Points

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Rating:
(9/16/2010)
This is a GREAT pinot Noir, not only because the price point is ridiculously reasonable--but because it's just damn fine wine. Clean, bright fruit notes with ripe cherry and a touch of floral notes. Nice, soft tannins on the finish and excellent balance of acidity. Great for sipping or pairing with food (a can't-go-wrong wine)!
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Rating:
(9/28/2010)
Good charcoal flavor with full body. Fairly smooth and a good value. Would buy again.
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Rating:
(9/24/2010)
Smooth, quite good, will order again.
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Drew Reese - Joshua Tree, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/29/2010)
New Zealand has great potential for Pinor Noir. This wine reminds you of a Savigny-Les-Beaune upon first opening. It has all the right elements, lots of cherrries and spice, but in the mouth it's a little sharp, a little thin and becomes tiresome after a while. It seems more of a commercial effort than artisanal.
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Rating:
(9/27/2010)
Pinot Noir's in my experience don't need to sit long but this one did. Upon opening the alcohol seemed strong and the wine weak. After allowing it to sit for a while, it was OK with food.
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Rating:
(8/11/2011)
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Learn About Escarpment Map ItMap It

Escarpment Vineyard was established in 1999 as a joint business venture between Robert & Mem Kirby (of Australia's Village Roadshow) and Larry & Sue McKenna. Collectively, these four directors bring to Escarpment a world of experience, skill and understanding to the nurturing and making of fine, deliciously sublime wine. It goes without saying the impetus behind establishing...

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Learn About Martinborough

(mahr-tin-bore-ooh) Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Martinborough is just across the strait from Marlborough. Martinborough is a town, as well as a region within Wairarapa, which, in turn, is located within the region of Wellington. Just to add more confusion, Wellington is also the name of the city there, the capital of New Zealand. Sometimes the names of...

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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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