Friday Feature 10/11/13: A World Class Pinot Noir

Hello and Happy Friday!

It is a very hectic weekend for Craig as he prepares to move houses!

Sheb is holding it down here at the store, while we both start anticipating the holidays and try to hide 6 pallets of shipping materials in the back room.


Please note, Routier is on strike while we get this all sorted out. So we won’t have our usual Friday night tasting this evening.


We hope you have a great weekend, or at least a more relaxing one than Craig’s!

Craig & Sheb

Friday Feature

2011 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir- Central Otago, New Zealand

The story of Burn Cottage is a very simple one, really: an extraordinary property in Central Otago, New Zealand and its vineyards, planted to Pinot Noir.

The property was purchased in January 2002, by the Sauvage family (they also own the esteemed estate of Koehler-Ruprecht in Pfalz, Germany) and soon after the sale they convinced Ted Lemon, the winemaker/owner of Littorai in Sonoma, to make the wine for them. For those of you unfamiliar with Ted, he is one of the few Americans that has made wine in Burgundy (at the venerable Domaine Roulot, in Meursault) and has been one of the most influential advocates of biodynamic farming practices in the world.

It is widely acknowledged that Pinot Noir only truly thrives in a few places on the planet: Sonoma, Burgundy and Central Otago are among these places. During Craig’s recent sojourn to Montreal, he drank enough great wine to kill several horses, yet all he could murmur about dreamily was how good the 2011 Burn Cottage was.

Burn Cottage is the kind of wine you can squirrel away for as much as a decade, but is so pleasurable in its youth you may not be able to wait that long. Ted’s non-interventionist winemaking, coupled with pristine vineyard management, yields a Pinto Noir that is rich in depth and flavor, yet buoyant and taut with a nervy underpinning.

$56.99 BTL./ $341.94 CASE OF 6

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