Name: Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir
Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago
Producer: Innocent Bystander
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vinous Review: 92 Points
"Vivid red. Bright, energetic scents of smoke-accented black raspberry, cherry-cola and Indian spices, plus a suggestion of potpourri. Spicy and broad on the palate, offering sweet dark berry and cherry liqueur flavors and a hint of mocha. The berry and spice qualities resonate emphatically on an impressively long, seamless finish featuring silky tannins and building florality."
- Josh Raynolds
Wine Enthusiast Review: 92 Points
"A blend of two clones (MV6 and 114), this is a floral wine that blends ripe cherries with more savory notes of mushroom and smoke. The oak is wonderfully understated, which allows the fruit complexity to shine and leaves the fruit tannins to glide easily across the palate. Drink now–2025."
- Joe Czerwinski
Wine Advocate Review: 91 Points
"Pale ruby colored, the 2013 Mea Culpa Pinot Noir is a little funky and gamy to begin, then gives way to a beguiling core of red cherries, pomegranate and sautéed herbs with touches of underbrush, lavender and anise. Delicate and softly spoken in the mouth, it offers quiet intensity with beautifully silky tannins and a long finish of earth and red berry flavors."
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown