Nobilo Icon is consistently one of the great values in the world of wine. Both of the below, which retail for around $22, are not just delicious in their own right, but they are reliably accurate representations of the huge potential that New Zealand’s Marlborough possesses. And 2013 has been getting a lot of buzz lately, with the Pinot Noir of that vintage being hailed as superb. I hope to have the chance to taste more examples in the coming months, but for now, I’d heartily recommend snapping up a handful of these. You won’t be disappointed.
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand
Aromas of subtle cherry cola, red-cherry skin, forest floor, mineral, a hint of rose petal and violet in the background, and fresh cranberries: Solid tension here between all the moving parts. On the palate, this is silky in texture, with a very nicely maintained seam of acid and mineral, tart red cherry, lavender, and a hint of mushroom. Subtle and quite pretty. Drink now - 2019+. 91 points.
Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand
Very appealing nose of sweet grapefruit, orange oil, lime, and autumn spice, with a bit of jasmine in there, too. On the palate, this is silky and very well-balanced, with hints of passionfruit pushing up against grapefruit and more honeyed notes, as well as candied grapefruit and a whiff of sweet green bell pepper. Just-squeezed lemon juice and a hint of lemon blossom, as well as honey, emerge with air. Drink now. 90 points.