Sileni 2008 Cellar Selection Pinot Noir - 88 pts
Date Tasted: January 2010
Tasting Notes: Elegant and fun to drink. The pinot noir of New Zealand are exciting and can express tremendous complexity with new world charm. Hawke's Bay expresses desirable conditions for the heartbreak grape that rival some of the better growing conditions in the world.
This pinot had a garnet appearance and the nose was complex with candied cherries, stewed berries, meatiness, and undertones of light barnyard (so new world pinot). The palate was smooth with prominent cherry, a touch of tannin, and medium acid. A medium plus finish that added some violet notes. Overall, a good wine with fun complexity on the nose.
- Hugh Carter