Ranked #20 of 45 2016 Pinot Noir from Martinborough
Very dark colour for pinot: deep red/purple, the bouquet shy and somewhat reticent, but clean and ripe. It developed a simple chaffy aroma as it aired. The wine is medium-bodied and firm, with some extractiveness in the tannins leaving a slightly bitter grippy finish. It's a wine of weight and grunt, but not a lot of charm or pinosity - yet. It needs cellaring. (Postscript: These wines often fail to impress when young, but their track record shows they transform with age.)
Drink: 2020 to 2033
94 Points Robert Parker
Ata Rangi's current release, the 2016 Pinot Noir, features hints of sage leaves and minty stemminess, beautifully balanced by plush fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with silkier tannins than the muscular 2015, giving it a lush, welcoming texture and a smooth, seamless finish redolent of tea and roses.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Joe Czerwinski. February, 2019