Hamilton Russell 2018 Pinot Noir | 90+ POINTS

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The 2018 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir is an estate wine that is not overtly fruity, soft, and "sweet," but rather, it shows savory hints of that alluring "primal" character along with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit perfume.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: WO Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Aging: 10 months in tight-grain French oak barrels, 35% new
Residual Sugar: 2.30 g/L
Winemaker: Emul Ross

90+ Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2018 Pinot Noir is still a touch tight and shows a mineral tension with bright, tart red fruit. Slightly underripe strawberry and cherries mingle with cranberry and soft earth tones. The palate is bright and still tight with the tart red fruit expression driving through to the finish showing bright acidity. The finish lingers with hints of dusty minerality and soft rose petal on the medium to long finish. This wine is still young and will age well; just be patient and give it some time in your cellar. 29,256 bottles made." -AM, 10/31/19

90 Points - Wine Spectator
"A modern, well-crafted version, showing good harmony overall and a seductive palate, exhibiting dark cherry flavors and hints of clove and vanilla, while mineral and floral accents take the back seat. Solid finish. Best from 2021 through 2027. 2,438 cases made, 800 cases imported." -AZ, 12/15/19

90 Points - Vinous
"The 2018 Pinot Noir spent 10 months in barrel with 35% new oak. It has a perfumed, quite floral nose of brambly red fruit infused with pressed rose petals, although it is not quite as delineated as other recent vintages that I have encountered. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that frame the mulberry and crushed strawberry fruit, and tertiary notes plus a touch of white pepper toward the gentle finish. It should drink well with just a year in bottle and then continue on to give a decade of pleasure." -NM, Nov/2019


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