Mount Riley Marlborough Pinot Noir

The recipe far outclasses the price: Ninety percent estate vines, mostly eighteen years of age in 2010 (ancient by NZ standards!), aged in barrels, predominantly of French oak. The wine transcends the price, too, one of the best $20 pinots on the shelf, and one of the finest vintages Mount Riley has put forward yet. It’s elegant, restrained and fresh, laced with red cherry, rhubarb, supple tannins and a lovely note of pepper that lingers on the finish. $17 at Wine Box Warehouse.