2013 Maysara "Cyrus - Momtazi Vineyard" McMinnville Pinot Noir (Biodynamic) (Previously $30)

SKU #1356766 94 points James Suckling

 Intense aromas of blueberries, raspberries, lemons, orange skin and hints of light cedar. Medium to full body, polished and silky texture round tannins and a crispy and long finish. I like the tension at the close. Gorgeous now. Drink or hold.  (12/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Momtazi Vineyard has been farmed under biodynamics since 2005, and the composure in this wine may come from that vigilant, attentive agricultural practice. This pinot's savory scents of olive, smoke, and sourdough strike a balance with dark cherry fruit. The flavors are darker still, but with an umami frame of spice-bread crust and pekoe tea-that keeps the wine compelling, lasting and complex. *Year's Best Pinot Noirs*  (10/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Cyrus comes from four blocks on the eastern and western side of the vineyard, and was aged in 30% new oak for 18 months. It has much more convincing bouquet than the Jamsheed with raspberry and wild strawberry fruit that has an airy quality to it. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, fine acidity, quite elegant and pure with finesse on the finish. This is a thoughtfully crafted Pinot Noir that is going to give a lot of pleasure. Drink through 2024. (NM)  (6/2016)

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By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2018 | Send Email
This is a fantastic Pinot from Oregon, especially if you want to dabble in biodynamic/natural wines. It's an alluring wine that's rustic, savory, floral and doesn't fail to show fruit too. Notes of blackberries, earth, violets, incense, cedar and spice are expressed with a medium body. Shows great with some decanting and even the next day.

By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2018 | Send Email
In my opinion, one of our best Pinot Noir offerings in store for under $30. Aromas of red cherries and dried raspberry intermingle with subtle and nuanced tertiary notes of soy sauce, leather saddle, dried flowers, and potpourri. The palate is juicy and possesses mid-palate weight that is complemented by relatively low alcohol. Flavors of dried red fruits like cherries come to the forefront along with savory notes of porcini mushrooms and an earthy minerality that lingers on the finish. Decant this wine for 30 minutes and this will shine beautifully as food pairing option for selections like duck confit or cedar plank salmon. Delicious!
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By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2018 | Send Email
In the world of Biodynamic and Natural wines, often times farming and vinification practices seem to matter more than quality and quaffability, but this is a wine that manages to reflect It's natural roots while remaining complex and maintaining balance. The nose is laden with umami aromas, with subtle black mushroom, tart raspberry, bing and black cherry, white pepper, and an animalistic, almost gamey undertone. The palate is surprisingly broader than expected from a wine with moderately low alcohol, and boasts an effusive, stony minerality, finishing long, with demure tannins.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.