Mike Bennie, The Wine Front “It greets drinkers with that mix of sour-sweet cherry fragrance wafting through sweet earth, undergrowth, brambly-hedgerow kind of scents. The palate has a suppleness and that general sense of ‘dryness’, a powdery web of fine tannin draped on succulent sour-sweet cherry flavours, licks of nutty-savouriness and a quick suck on a ham bone gamey quality. The length is epic, a gentle staining that lasts with little stony-minerally chomps in the palate. It has that more open weave feel to it than so many polished and preened Australian pinot noirs, and better for it. Compelling wine.”
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The Wine Advocate "Dark, lifted aromas of plums, old-school maraschino cherries and mixed spices. These characters intensify on the supple and fleshy palate, firmed by velvet tannins and a fine, balanced finish."
James Suckling.com “Silky, supple and elegant with an earthy finish. Drink now.”
Medium ruby red in colour, this wine presents complex aromas of red fruit and cherries with notes of violets and forest floor. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied with excellent acidity and very fine tannins, balanced with an intense, fresh fruity note and long finish. This wine can be enjoyed young and has excellent cellaring potential for the next 6 to 8 years.
95 Points - Antonio Galloni "The 2015 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is bold and racy, but also shows a good bit of freshness.
Dark cherry, plum, lavender, mint, violet and sweet spices are front and center.
Pliant and ripe, but with good supporting energy, the 2015 is all about balance."
97 Points - Magdalena Sienkiewicz "Tasted throughout the day which is such a lovely way to discover a wine’s true character. It was a touch cold when first opened however, after two hours of aeration, it unfurled beautifully. Evocative aromas of bramble, sour cherries, hedgerow fruits and sweet spices are lifted by elegant herbal notes and a whiff of undergrowth. Pristine fruit shines on the palate with wonderful purity before the textures expand to reveal its deep and earthy complexities. The balance is retained throughout and the savoury finish is delectable. Excellent and a unique Pinot Noir with a difference. Thoughtful, not a hair is out of place and its friendly character is most appealing. Sampled using Zalto Burgundy glassware. Enjoy now and over the next 5-7 years."
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) "Engaging and complex, the inviting bouquet shows red/black cherry, fragrant spice, thyme, nutmeg and floral characters. The palate is wonderfully weighted and rounded, delivering sweet berry flavours and silky texture, magnificently complemented by spicy nuances and fine tannins. Elegant, stylish and delicious. At its best: now to 2025."
98 Points - James Suckling
Fabulous aromas of slate, rust, iron, and dried strawberries. Full body, firm tannins, wonderfully polished. Fine and caressing. Complex flavors too. A wonderful finish. Dusty texture as well. This is a small production wine from the family’s best vineyards of the Manzanar farm with pure slate soils.
96 Points - James Halliday "This wine comes from vineyards with MV6 and/or 115 clones, and was whole berry open-fermented with the exception of some whole bunch and/or carbonic. Ethereal spice, flower and berry aromas lead into a relatively light-bodied palate, with flawless line, length and balance; a juicy red fruits finish.
Gary Walsh (The Wine Front) "Red cherry, spice, honey, a little smoke and cap gun. Light, but juicy and almost sweet, fine tannin, fresh and bright, tacky wet paint kind of feel, stalks and meat, and a plump finish. It feels unresolved as a young wine, so I came back to it a day or so later, and it’s all spice, dark cherry juice, but with a fine-boned and mineral thing going on, the tannin gentle strokes of emery board, finish bright and water-coloured. It’s light but certainly has the stuffing to age beautifully."
95 Points - Jams Halliday "What a glorious wine enticing immediately starting with its heady aromas. Florals, humus, raspberries, cherries, bitter orange and no shortage of spices. It has a energy across the palate with a cooling menthol character and fine tannins. It seems at first delicate but it has plenty of definition."
Gary Walsh (The Wine Front) "Always interesting to taste Cooinda alongside Butcher’s Hill. Cherry, red fruits, spice, smoke, and herbal perfume. Medium bodied, strawberry with a tangy orange flavour, light but firm sandy tannin, sap and peel, lively acid profile, and bitter orange trailing on the long finish. Nervy kind of wine with quite a bit of energy."
94 Points - William Kelley (robertparker.com) "The 2016 Pinot Noir Atticus John Sebastiano Vineyard bursts from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of red cherry, plum preserve, black figs, licorice, sweet spices, black tea and a generous application of creamy new oak. On the palate, the wine is ample and medium to full-bodied, with lovely energy and tension at the core despite its decadently ripe aromas, with its tannins fine-grained and its finish long and sappy."