To all Wine Exchangers,

Who’s the best producer of Pinot Noir in New Zealand today?

Tough question, so much action down there right now with Felton Road, Rippon and Two Paddocks in Central Otago, Ata Rangi in Wairarapa, Pegasus Bay in the Waipara Valley, and the list continues to grow.

But it’s obvious to us that one of the pioneers of modern, serious Pinot Noir in New Zealand, Larry McKenna, is still the one to beat.

Prior to his founding of Escarpment, Larry put the historic Martinborough Vineyards on the map with his rich yet detailed spins on NZ Pinot Noir from the then-unknown Martinborough region. We sold a few of those vintages, when we could get them, as demand on the home front made it nearly impossible to access the wines here in the US.

Then, in 1998, Larry hooked up with the Kirby family and, together, they cherry-picked the best terraces in Martinborough and set up shop with Larry’s perfect Pinot vision in mind.

Fifteen years later that vision has become reality. Escarpment is the REAL DEAL.

Larry’s 2014 Pinot Noirs are forward, yet taut, capturing the freshness and richness of 2014, another back-to-back vintage winner following hot on the heels of Larry’s tremendous 2013’s, of which we also sold a ton.

Silky, touched by the finest French oak, packed with fruit, his wines are the definition of joy in a bottle. They’re almost too tasty. Almost too easy to read. It’s only when you really settle down with the wine that you get the layers, the ‘stuff’ behind all that lip-smacking black cherry fruit.

A couple of years ago we offered up (and sold out) a smidgen of Larry’s Escarpment Pinot Noir Martinborough 2014.  For an ‘appellation’ level bottling, this wine smoked the majority of single-vineyard Pinots grown in NZ.  The fruit was hand harvested, fermented using indigenous yeasts and the wine aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 30% were new, for 11 months.

It was 90-something points from everybody, including a ‘94’ from Wine Enthusiast and a ‘93’ from the very stingy Wine Spectator.

But the most impressive number may have been from Allen Meadows, The Burghound, who happens to be the go-to pundit for all things Burgundy, of which this wine is modeled after. His (for him) very high score of ‘91’ puts this one in the company of some spectacular Premier Cru Burgundies at 3-4 times the price. He also gave it his coveted ‘outstanding’ vote and heart-shaped signature while writing, “There is both fine density and power to the robust, even slightly rustic broad-shouldered flavors that possess solid depth and excellent length on the dusty, palate coating and ever-so-gently warm finale. This rough and tumble effort has the stuff to reward at least a decade or more worth of cellaring though it should be approachable after half of that. Worth checking out.”

Lucky for us, we’re one of a very few accounts in America that either know just how great Larry’s wines are or maybe we were just daring enough to sell them when it would have been much easier to run a Meiomi-of-the-Month out there.  You know we don’t do that, and for that we’ve been richly rewarded.

Because of our amazing work with this phenomenal winery, we were picked by the importer to do a take-all deal on the remaining stocks of this outstanding Pinot Noir at an even MORE outstanding price than when we sold it before.

Originally $46 retail, and a damn fine wine at that price, we’re rolling the 94-point Escarpment Pinot Noir Martinborough 2014 out there now at a silly price of $24.98 a bottle one of the screaming-est Pinot deals we’ve seen this year.

Quantities are limited, first come first served, on this New Zealand cult classic at an unbeatable price.



Escarpment Pinot Noir Martinborough 2014
94 Points!  Winemaker Larry McKenna now has 30 years of experience with Martinborough Pinot Noir, and its on full display in this blend assembled from various plots around the village. Aromas of flowers, tea and cola lead into flavors of blackberries, vanilla and spice, framed by ample tannins. - Wine Enthusiast
ONLY $46












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