Friday, October 24, 2014

Kendall Jackson Estate Outland Ridge 2012 Pinot Noir




Kendall Jackson Estate Outland Ridge 2012 Pinot Noir, $27.99-$34.99, 93 points, poured a deep pomegranate red with a broad clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
A rare bouquet of sea breezes, red cherry, chocolate, cedar, and red licorice were subtle, but outstanding!
Medium-plus bodied with good acidity, moderate and layered tannin carried a bouquet mirrored flavor profile with oak upon an elegant texture; maybe too oaky for some.
Finished long on spice, escalating tannin, eucalyptus, hints of coffee and the 14.5% alcohol.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oyster Bay Marlborough 2012 Pinot Noir





Oyster Bay Marlborough 2012 Pinot Noir, $13.59-$19.99, 86 points, appeared a bright cranberry red with a broad clear rim.
Began aromatically earthy with red cherry and a hint of cinnamon.
Light-plus bodied with good acidity and mild-plus tannin carried strawberry and red cherry flavors with a hint of cola.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a hint of pomegranate, eucalyptus, and a well integrated 13% alcohol.
Paired near perfectly with roasted turkey, gravy, butternut squash, fries, and rye toast.

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Pinot Noir (New Zealand)





 
 
This list is a work in-progress and is designed to help 'Smart' phone users easy excess to my list of  New Zealand Pinot Noir wines, though few, still I hope to make searching reviews easier than going to the general 'Index of wines'.
 
 
 
 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Carneros 2012 Pinot Noir






Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Carneros 2012 Pinot Noir, $24.99-$29.99, 85 points, poured a candy-apple red with a broad clear rim.
The three of us tasting this wine found the nose to be a bit like rubber and wet cement, but after breathing for hours, the wine's nose transformed into a toasty cherry (barely acceptable).
Medium-plus body with fair acidity and mild-plus tannin carried a rather dull plum and cherry fruit.
Finished fair with hints of mint, some of the 14.5% alcohol, and mild spice notes.
Commentary: There certainly could have been something wrong with this bottle, though no signs were apparent with the cork, and it was a fairly young wine. RM has always been a great wine for me, but this, not so much!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mohua Central Otago 2012 Pinot Noir




Mohua Central Otago 2012 Pinot Noir, $14.39-$17.99, 86 points, poured a bright pomegranate/cranberry red with an obligatory clear rim.
The nose opened a bit vegetative, but hints of clove and red cherry were okay.
The body on this Pinot was barely medium, and carried good acidity with mild tannin.
Cola flavor with a slightly sweet red cherry and a hint of marzipan were good.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, gentle spice notes, and a well integrated 13% alcohol.
This post is almost as much about the "Simply Delish" pumpkin bread as it is about the wine; I've tasted this with a couple of Pinot Noir red wines and have been blown over by how well they paired with it and some spread butter. I bought mine at Hannaford's Super Market in Bedford.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Morgan Santa Lucia Highlands Twelve Clones 2007 Pinot Noir






Morgan Santa Lucia Highlands Twelve Clones 2007 Pinot Noir, $21.99-$31.99, 92 points appeared pomegranate toward copper red with a clear rim and considerably more leggy than the 2012.
Still a beautiful bouquet of leather, black cherry, cedar, cinnamon, and clove impressed.
The medium-plus body carried good acidity, layered mild tannin, and an abundance of nuanced flavors within its luscious texture. Flavors of blackberry cordial (14.2%alcohol), hints of mint, cardamom, bourbon and white pepper were outstanding.
Finished long on the trailing palate, lingering mineral notes, black pepper, and eucalyptus.
Well, what can I say, but Cali Pinot Noir can age well; is it the rule for Cali PN? Probably not.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Morgan Twelve Clones Santa Lucia Highlands 2012 Pinot Noir





Morgan Twelve Clones Santa Lucia Highlands 2012 Pinot Noir, $22.99-$28.99, 92 points, appeared a rainbow of reds, with deep ruby, flashes of maroon, and pomegranate red bounded by a broad transparent rim.
Black olive, earth, black cherry and coffee notes made for a lovely bouquet.
The medium-plus body carried good acidity with moderate tannin.
Flavors that mirrored the bouquet were amplified by the luscious texture, and finished long on an accelerating spiciness, black tea, and hints of the 14.3% alcohol.
Paired with traditional Thanksgiving cuisine and a remarkably wonderful dark pumpkin bread made in Manchester, New Hampshire, which I hope to reveal in a forthcoming post.

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