Larry McKenna


Stephen Tanzer / Escarpment 2014 Insight Series Reviews

Below are the reviews for our Escarpment Insight Series Wines from Stephen Tanzer. Stephen is a New York based wine critic who is widely respected for his knowledge and conservative wine criticism. You can access his reviews via the following link

Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2014 92/100

Bright red with ruby tones. Alluring aromas of black raspberry, musky spices, dark chocolate, anise, peppery stems and resiny earth. Wonderfully silky and plush, offering insidious intensity to its flavors of raspberry, dusty herbs and saline minerality; really mounts toward the back end. The slowly building finish dusts the entire palate with very smooth tannins and leaves behind an impression of savory extract. The longest and thickest of the Pinots I tasted this year from Escarpment, but the wine’s herbal, saline and spice elements keep it light on its feet.

Escarpment Kiwa Pinot Noir 2014 91+/100

Bright, dark red. Aromatic scents of anise, red licorice, black pepper and herbs on the nose; more salty than fruity. Suave and juicy in the mouth, with enough raspberry fruit to support the pepper and herb elements. This silky wine conveys a very sexy soil-driven character and complicating salinity. No easy sweetness here but the finish shows excellent length and lift. The tightest of these three single-vineyard Pinots, finishing with a firm tannic spine. This should evolve gracefully in bottle and may ultimately merit an even higher score.

Escarpment Te Rehua Pinot Noir 2014 91/100

Bright, dark red-ruby. Distinctly dark aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, anise, licorice, black pepper and black tea. Silky and enveloping; a very spicy, darker style of Pinot but with a wonderfully fine-grained, seamless texture. Plenty of fruit here, complicated by underlying salinity. Finishes with very suave, building tannins and sneaky length.

Escarpment Pahi Pinot Noir 2014 90+/100

Deep red with ruby tones. More anise and herbs on the nose than the basic bottling, along with raspberry and a hint of fresh dill. Broad, sweet and fine-grained, with the enticing raspberry fruit component complicated by herbs, spices, earth and minerals. Really spreads out to dust the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Finishes with a youthful edge and noteworthy energy. This essentially generous wine is kept firm in the early going by its stem component.

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2014 89/100

Healthy dark red. Sexy spicy/ resiny/herbal lift to the musky aromas of dark raspberry, dark chocolate and pepper. Rich and densely packed, showing a subtle note of reduction to the concentrated flavors of black raspberry and sweet herbs. Nicely primary wine with texture and depth. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and very good savory length. Serious, youthfully subdued Pinot, especially for entry-level wine, even it does not have the depth or texture of the single-vineyard wines from Escarpment. All of the 2014 Pinots were vinified with at least 50% whole clusters.

Stephen Tanzer – Vinous


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