Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir

Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir 2011
Marlborough, New Zealand

New Zealand Pinot Noir -- yum! I adore the purity of fruit often found in these Pinots. This wine is a bit on the older side (2011), so some of that fruit has transitioned to a delicious savory note. 

Review: This Pinot has a pale ruby color, with a lighter rim edging toward tawny. The nose is full of dried cherries and cranberries, mushrooms, and dried leaves. The palate is dry with a moderate level of acidity and soft, easy tannins. I love complexity of dried cherries, plums, and cranberries along with dried leaves, soil, black pepper spice and a hint of toasty oak.

Food Pairing: Roast turkey with thyme, mushroom couscous and cranberry apple butter. 

Bottom Line:  A lovely wine. It had everything I was looking for: soft texture, moderate acid, pure (dried!) fruit, and an interesting savory quality.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: North Canterbury
  • GRAPE: Pinot Noir
  • AGEING: 10 months in French oak (25% new)
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2016

Where did I get it?  Total Wine

What's the damage?   High Priced

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