2015 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough (Elsewhere $60+) SKU #1321547

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BC 99 RC 99 SK 98
JS 97 DC 95 RP 93
WE 91
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K&L Notes

94+ Wine Front: "Rosy, dark cherry, ripe and fleshy, a slip of vanilla oak. Medium bodied, smattering of orange peel and blood orange juice, silky tannin, gentle warmth, and a bold and sappy finish. Personality plus. Needs a couple more years in bottle before it comes into its own."

Staff Reviews

  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    My first time trying wine from this producer. 2015 was a hotter, drier than usual vintage in Martinborough. This was evident seeing the flavor profile of this wine. A nose of bramble fruit, cranberries, and spiced plum juxtapose to a bouquet of potpourri, bay leaf, tarragon, and clove. On the palate, there is definite power, with moderate tannins and ripe fruit notes including red cherries and berries. I love the inherent juiciness, with a nice little touch of cola and clay flavors on the finish. Would drink even better with at least 5 years of aging. If opened and enjoyed now, I'd recommend decanting for at least 30 minutes. Easily one of my new favorite Pinot Noirs in store
  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    2015 was a dry year that reduced the yield and concentrated the efforts of each vine to produce only a handful of bunches per plant. The wine is graceful and poised but not timid on the nose; a serious wine to be contemplated not gulped. Black cherries and blue plum ease out of the glass partnered with soft glove leather and dusty loam notes. On the palate you find a classic old world styled pinot: balance, earthy, beautiful savory expressions, spice box hints and only wisps of light oak to fill in the corners.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Lifted red fruits; cherries and cranberries with a pleasant super fine resin note. Very enjoyable nose, it is both bright and dark at the same time, keeping you coming back for more. It is medium light on the palate, with good acidity, fine tannins and good extract, this wine lingers! Sticky red fruits and berries, very subtle oak spice and a dash of minerality. This wine is clean, modestly rich, fresh and long with a great finish. It is a show stopper without being flashy.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    A perennial favorite of mine, Ata Rangi is the perfect bridge between old-world Burgundy and serious Pinot Noir from the US. This wine has the chops to stand up to a decade-plus in your cellar and the delicacy to rip open this evening. Red fruits, bramble, herbes de Provence, moderate tannin and a medium body - in the grand spectrum of things, this is a wine with everything. Considering the price point and the wine's versatility, there is nothing but upside here.
    Drink from 2017 to 2030
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    If you normally pull your New Zealand Pinot's from Marlborough, it's time to look to the North Island into Martinborough for their stunning expression of this varietal. This wine is deep and powerful and the Abel clone really shines through in this bottling. Still showing bold tannin, this wine has the potential to age for decades, thanks to the small, but concentrated vintage of 2015. Made from grapes grown on older vines, this wine is big dichotomy from their Crimson bottling, which shows more lightness and red fruit. This is a pretty spectacular wine and a great showing from a very highly regarded winery.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I had a conversation with two of my K&L colleagues this morning about what it might take to convince American customers to start spending as much money on a bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir as they would for a wine from California or Oregon. I'm sure twin 99 point reviews will help (as is the case here), but even without the hype and the press the Ata Rangi is one of the prettiest, most haunting, and awe-inspiring Pinot Noirs we carry from anywhere in the world and you don't have to read one word of critical praise to figure that out on your own. All you need is to smell the glass and take a sip. It's all pretty self evident from that point on. Stunningly gorgeous aromas of cherries, herbs, and spices leap from the glass. Delicate and nuanced flavors dance across the palate. It's a superstar Pinot Noir on every level, textbook in its character and divine in its expression. It's always been that way, however. It's just taken us Americans a bit longer to come to terms with spending $50 on a screw cap from New Zealand. It's tragic that we've been depriving ourselves for this long!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Another stellar effort from Ata Rangi and the third in a string of exceptional vintages for the Martinborough region as a whole. This has the power and grace I have come to expect of this legendary wine. Coming from organically farmed, old vines (direct decedents from DRC's "La Tâche" vineyard in Vosne-Romanée) on the deep gravel soils of the Martinborough terrace. The wine unfolds to show complex layers of forest berries, bramble fruit, exotic spice, Chanterelle mushrooms, and fresh picked herbs. The wine is medium bodied with considerable weight and structure from the low yielding vintage. This is just hitting it's stride now but is assured 10+ years of improvement in the cellar. A stunning wine that more than stands up to it's legendary status.


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