FROMM La Strada Pinot Noir 2015
93 points, 5 Stars
"The fragrant bouquet shows beautifully ripe cherry, plum, clove and floral characters with hints of game and nutmeg notes. The palate is rounded and elegantly weighted, and delivers excellent fruit purity and delicate savoury complexity, wonderfully structured by fine, chalky tannins. It is expressive and generous, while remaining elegant and poised. At its best: now to 2021."
93 points, 4.5 Stars
"Made from a blend of wines from the Wairau Valley, Brancott Valley and Waihopai Valley with a vine age if 14-25 years. The only Fromm pinot to be filtered and fined or to be sealed with a screwcap. It also spends a week less on the skins than the others. Weighty and reasonably concentrated pinot noir with ripe plum, dark berry and a hint of chocolate. An accessible and appealing wine."
"Fresh, steely, youthful and quite primary with freshly gathered red berry fruits, judicious use of oak, but enough to add a layer of wood, wood spice and toastiness, a building complexity as the wine opens it doors. On the palate - frim, youthful and dry; flavours of red berry fruit, some garrigue and wood tones, moderate tannin presence with firm texture adding some tension, a pause, then flows into the finish. Youthful and needs some cellar time. Drink now if decanted first otherwise open from 2019 onwards."
"This wine is made to be ready for drinking upon release, by 'steering the fermentation towards more fruit expression and moderate tannins and structure'. Certified organic, the 2015 vintage (4.5*) is a multi-site blend, from 14 to 25 year-old vines in the Wairau, Brancott and Waihopai Valleys. Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling and youthful, with concentrated, ripe plum/spice flavours, showing good complexity, and gentle tannins, in a 'serious' but approachable style. An excellent introduction to the Fromm range of Pinot Noirs, it should be at its best 2019+."
Nick Stock, James Suckling.com
Florals and mixed berries with red-cherry fruits. This has up-front appeal with a palate that is no pushover. The tannins are sturdy too. Drink now to 2022+.
"Dark, deep ruby-red with pale purple hues, youthful in appearance and lighter on the edge. The nose is firm and tightly concentrated with aromas of fresh, dark-red berry fruits melded with a layer of dark and fresh herbs, unfolding a little pepper and violet florals. The aromatics are even in presentation and balanced in proportion. Medium-bodied, the palate has concentration with bright, fresh and juicy dark-red berry fruit flavours along with a subtle layer of fresh and dark herbs and pepper. The fruit is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity adding to the sweetness, and underlined by moderately extracted, fine, grainy tannins, The palate carries the fresh fruit flavours with good energy to a lingering finish of dark-red fruits and subtle herb notes. This is a bright and fresh, dark-red fruited Pinot Noir with herb and slight pepper notes on a fine, grainy palate."