2016 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria (Elsewhere $19) SKU #1311655

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  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    10/2/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This truly is a fantastic Pinot Noir. If you tend to stick with the familiar and shop the domestic or French aisles for your Pinot fix, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and bring home a bottle of this Australian gem. Bright red cherry fruit, a touch of earth, soft texture and vibrant acidity are all wrapped up into one great price point that will not disappoint. Don't forget - the holiday season is quickly approaching. This will be a hit at your Thanksgiving table and all holiday celebrations.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    9/28/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This has a ripe, soft nose with berries and a whiff of spice. It is easy breezy on the palate with bright acid and just a touch of tannin good fruit and hint of leafy earthiness. Reminds me of warm autumn days in college; bright, warm and uncomplicated in the best way.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    9/25/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Whereas $30 is the new $20 in California for Pinot Noir, your dollar seems to go farther than ever today in Australia where the country's best winemakers can stretch value to absolutely remarkable levels. The Innocent Bystander is not only one of the best deals from the Southern Hemisphere, it's made by the reigning Gourmet Traveler winemaker of the year Steve Flamsteed, one of my favorite people in the wine industry. Having shared a few bottles with Steve during one of my stints in the Yarra Valley, I can tell you that he's a no-frills, down-to-earth, genuine character who looks a bit like an Aussie Patrick Swayze from Dirty Dancing. He's one of the nicest and most straightforward guys I've met in my career at K&L and his wines reflect that honesty and simplistic splendor perfectly; the 2016 Innocent Bystander especially. It's well-made and brimming with classic Pinot character, full or bright cherries and brambly brush, and priced to be enjoyed on a weeknight. Any of Steve's wines, Salo and Giant Steps as well, are must-buys in my book. The 2016 Innocent Bystander just happens to be the best deal of the bunch.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    9/6/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Exceptional value in juicy, fruit forward Pinot Noir. This is brimming with accessible fruit, macerated berries, Asian spice, thyme and orange peel. Soft, supple texture on the palate with way more concentration and fruit weight than one might expect from a Pinot Noir of the price point. Then Yarra Valley's cool climate kicks in towards the finish with some lovely floral hints, bramble leaf, clove and refreshing, energetic acidity to draw it out long on the palate. This is the real deal for an everyday Pinot Noir...there isn't much out there that can rival this at this price!
    Top Value!
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    7/25/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    A fantastic everyday Pinot Noir with juicy acidity and great length to back up the fruit. Not overly ripe or soft, this is a fun wine I think would work for any type of Pinot lover. It's a definite crowd-pleaser with approachable flavors and a medium-weight body. Easy to love and a great price for the value you get.

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