Fromm La Strada Pinot Noir 2010 (Marlborough, NZ)
14%, Screwcap, $34
I tasted it in a large line-up of more renowned (read – more expensive) goodies at a trade tasting today and it’s perfection of upfront Pinot drinking made it hard not to love.
There is a certain warmth to the style here, reflecting a site that is technically better suited to Syrah than Pinot Noir (according to advice that the Fromm team received a few years back).
Yet that ripeness, generosity and low acidity just makes this more attractive, the wine full of classic Marlborough red fruit openness, but never feeling heavy or alcoholic, save for a slight confected fruit edge.
Ultimately that combination of ripeness and delicacy is to be celebrated, for it makes for a lovely, proudly-not-Burgundy Pinot of serious attraction, built for drinking over the next 3-5yrs.
Delicious wine. Representative of its region too. Highly recommended.
Score: 18.5/20 94/100
Would I buy it? Yes.
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