Surprisingly rich for a pinot noir, this wine was enjoyed by both more- and less-experienced tasters, both with and without food. Beginning with the aromas and lasting throughout, this wine has the intensity of fruit found in a good sorbet — though it’s not sweet.  It is smoothly layered.  Along with hearty plum and other red-black fruits, there’s a suggestion of a carob-chocolate, too.  Spiciness and acidity are nicely balanced.  With food, a small but essential touch of earthiness is more apparent on the palate.  Even the finish is fruity. Try with light meats like pork loin.  Highly recommended (91). BSE


WHO: Craggy Range
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE:  Martinborough, New Zealand
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: around $41 (media sample)

 

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