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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2001
Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2001
(search item no. 56291)

PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $20.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Deep Red Boquet: A predominance of dark berry fruit derived characters. Tar and blackberry notes are especially to the fore. Extra complexity is derived from barrel ageing on fine lees. This adds a toasty gamey dimension to the wine.

Palate: Good fruit concentration that sits well with the oak and fruit tannin. This wine is muscular. The richness carries through to a long toasty finish.

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About Spy Valley:

The brand name Spy Valley is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station within a few kilometers of the winery. Situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka River are the vineyards of Johnson Estate. Established in 1993 by the Johnson family, Johnson Estate was one of the pioneering vineyard companies in the Marlborough sub-region and remains family-owned. Eight varieties of grapes grow over 380 acres of free-draining, stony soils producing exceptional fruit for Spy Valley Wines. In ten years, production has risen to place Spy Valley as one of Marlborough's leading family-owned companies. Youthful and exuberant wines are crafted using modern winemaking techniques by winemaker Paul Bougeois and his team.