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2010 Misha's Vineyard The High Note Pinot Noir

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This offering from Misha's Vineyards certainly hits the high note in concentration and depth. It's no shrinking violet, and shows dark, brooding smells of dark berries and plums, with generous sniffs of mocha and savoury, licorice spices. The palate is full, rich and a bit more ballsy than the 'Impromptu', with sweetly-fruited, plummy flavours, slinky tannins, and a dry, spicy, juicy finish. It will go with any red meat dish - richer the better!

Winemaker's Notes

Our Pinot Noir is the jewel in the crown – the focal point in our repertoire of wines ‘The High Note’ was inspired by Misha’s opera-singing mother and her early life spent in the theatre.

“Ruby in colour, this Pinot Noir has inviting aromas of blackberry and red summer fruits, along with dark chocolate and hints of exotic spice. The palate exudes warmth and depth with fine silken tannins”. Olly Masters - Winemaker

This Pinot Noir is very versatile and great with lamb, venison and veal, and a large range of vegetable dishes especially mushrooms. It is also the perfect accompaniment to game birds such as quail, pheasant, turkey and duck.

Cellaring: 2 - 6 years+

Alcohol: 14%

Reviews and Accolades

"Dense wine with plum, dark cherry, spice and liquorice/anise favours. Complex and classy Pinot Noir with quite strong, savoury tannins giving the wine obvious cellaring potential."
95/100 - 5 Stars - Bob Campbell, MW, Gourmet Traveller WINE

"The wine shows seductive complexity on the nose displaying dark cherry, floral, game with hints of cedar and spice. It’s concentrated and plush on the palate with excellent mid palate weight, beautifully supported by polished tannins. A delectable pinot showing a symphony of gorgeous flavours. Best now to 2020."
95/100 - 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Closed but with plenty of unexplored depths. There’s plenty of aromatic intensity yet to open up and this intensity is confirmed on the palate which shows plenty of concentration, harmony and depth. Great concentration and focus on the mid-palate that’s still tightly wound. Linear acidity. Floral-like nuances on the long length."
18.5/20 or 92.5/100 - Rebecca Gibb

"Lots of ripe and sweet smelling dark red berries - cherry first then a little wild raspberry & a large helping of plum; dark baking spices add a layer of complexity as does a little clove and star anise. Overall med++ complexity. On the palate - dry, taut and firm - still very much a wine in a development stage (based on this tasting another 2-3 years to really settle in) but the flavours of PN start emerging with some force - plums and other red berries, crushed black cherry and brown spices all jostling for position on the palate. This is a wine for investment and cellaring ...and will likely age through to 2020 with ease"
93/100 - 5 Stars - Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

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2010 Misha's Vineyard The High Note Pinot Noir

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2010 Vintage) says
Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2010 The High Note Pinot Noir reveals a lovely, intense core of black cherry and violets that shows nice purity and is accented by clove and a touch of cinnamon. The medium to full-bodied palate is attractive and has plenty of structure marked by medium level, grainy tannins, balanced acid and a long, spicy finish. It’s nice to see brave use of ripe tannins! Drink it now to 2017+.
Drink it now to 2017+
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate/eRobert Parker, USA
Raymond Chan (2010 Vintage) says
Predominantly clone 5 fruit with significant portions of 777, 667 and 115, plus Abel and clone 6, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 38% new 300 L French oak hogsheads. Very dark, deep ruby-red colour, slightly paler on rim, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with bright, ripe dark berry fruit aromas, some raspberry liqueur and dark red florals entwined with an amalgam of oak and fresh herbs. Medium-full bodied, this has a tightly concentrated core of sweet dark red berry and cherry fruit. This has purity and depth and excellent linearity with fine-grained, firm tannin drive and excellent acidity for vitality and vibrancy. The oaking is sensitive, adding to the brightness and shine, and this has classical proportion and structure. The extraction builds to become the feature, carrying the fruit to a long, sustained finish. This is a fine, firm and concentrated Pinot Noir with bright dark red berry fruits and the structure to develop over the next 7-9 years.

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