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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
Nepenthe Pinot Noir 2001
Nepenthe Pinot Noir 2001
(search item no. 81291)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The final wine is little robust. Again, the emphasis is on rich, spicy plummy fruit, supported by the key elements of structure: acid, alcohol and tannin. While quite closed immediately after bottling, only a short time in bottle has seen the fruit and oak emerge, and the palate shows intense ripe strawberry/dark cherry characters before the sweetness of the oak provides a balancing note. Fine tannin contributed by skins, stalks and oak provides persistence and length.
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About Nepenthe Vineyards:

Nepenthe: described by Homer in The Odyssey as an Egyptian herbal drink so powerful that it eases grief and banishes sorrow from the mind.

Up here in the cool heights of the Adelaide Hills, Nepenthe produces some soul reposing potions of their own: uncompromising wines of outstanding quality and internationally recognised distinction. Wines that, strangely enough, have been impressing both critics and consumers with their varietal faithfulness and subtle Adelaide Hills nuances. But wines this good undertake a journey as arduous and epic as Homer's famous hero - a journey that Nepenthe, like the gods, determine with immutable fascination.

Nepenthe's commitment to consistently high quality wine starts with the land. In fact, they're so dedicated to quality that they formed two specialized companies to deal with the demands of their high altitude vines - Nepenthe Viticulture and Nepenthe Irrigation.