Saturday, June 20, 2009

Who knew New Zealand could make a pinot noir I liked?

Earlier today I stopped by the Stew Leonards wine store in Clifton, NJ because they often have tastings and I just wanted to peruse and see what they had. One of the wines they were tasting was a Craggy Range "Bannockburn" Pinot Noir, 2007. I haven't liked a pinot noir from New Zealand yet but some of the other tasters were raving about it so I figured, why not?

What a pleasant surprise! It had a lovely aroma - big cherry nose with some earthy undertones. On the palette, you get the same big burst of cherry and berry fruit. The description says it has some mineral tannins, but I didn't get the mineral as much as the tannins. The wine is clearly well made and very "structured," as they say, but before drinking it, I would decant it for 20-30 minutes to smooth out some of the tannins. It's also a wine I could see laying down for a few years.

Though I'm bummed that the hike I was supposed to go on today was postponed due to what feels like never-ending rain, BUT, this was definitely a good subsitute!

Happy sipping.




elliej said...

Who knew!! When I describe your taste in wine, I always say, "But she doesn't like New Zealand pinot noirs." i'll now have to describe your taste some other ways -- e.g., "But she doesn't like Chadds Ford wines!"

Anonymous said...

Alli - I have to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog - I learn something new about wine every post!! Keep up the great work!

Lofty (and Steve!)

Alli M. said...

I just need a few more loyal readers....and by a few I mean a lot but it's been fun so far