Tapanappa 2009 Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Author: Pattrick Haddock
Review Date: Sep 2010

I’ve watched this Pinot develop over three vintages and as the vines age, this Pinot gets better and better, so I guess belief in a site is really worth it, I suppose Brian Croser being the winemaker does no harm either. My only quibble was that it took a good 20 hrs for it to open up so I imagine if you were drinking it in one sitting you’d miss some of the more subtle complexities unleash themselves. Now I don’t meant this in a rude way but the nose is kind of dirty but in an attractive way if that’s not a contradiction. There’s the nuanced forest floor you’d expect but it’s a dirty, sappy forest, there’s also a touch of caramel and what I liken to a malt aroma. The palate is cherried and spiced and integrated. It’s fascinating to note that length of flavour has progressed since the inaugural vintage, I’d love to see how this develops over the next few years.


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