Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir 2013
The vines in the Foggy Hill vineyard turn twelve this year, a which surprised me a bit. That long already? Anyway, this 2013 comes from a ‘warm and very dry vintage’ and it shows.
Cloudy dark ruby red; the aromatics a mix of sweet vanilla oak and redcurrant in a surprisingly oaky form. Dry and bold palate is much more dry-reddish this vintage. Sappy, bitter red fruit core is still classy, as are the fine tannins, though the alcohol warmth and slightly confected blackberry cordial fruit is a distraction.
Great structure and typical detail, this is quality wine but lacks the delicacy for real glory. Drink: 2016-2025, 17.7/20, 92/100.
Details: 13.9%, Cork, $49, Sample
Would I buy it? I’d go a glass or so, but that’s about it.
Buy online: Tapanappa website