I was lucky to snag 4 bottles of this delightful Pinot Noir. With a stonking huge smoked Turkey drumstick, some roasted potatoes, beets and a dollop of Scharfer Senf (German hot mustard) I was all set to get busy with this 6 year old wine. The pairing was near perfect. A very pretty light purple in the glass as expected, I had some cork crumbles that I needed to sort out. On the nose; strawberry, cherry, pepper and oak shavings. Unfortunately I could also whiff the 14.2% alcohol. Never mind, the initial attack on the palate was delicious. Typical of New World Pinot Noir, yet somewhat reserved. Cherries Jubilee meets strawberry swirl. Delicious undertones of white pepper and a touch of vanilla came through. I prefer Old World Burgundian style Pinots, but every once in a while New World stuff excites me like this one. I think it has to do with the finesse versus the new stuff with the ‘in-your-face’ fruit.
If you have read my other Pinot posts, you will know that I have a hard time discerning the tannins in this varietal. I did notice a decent acidity that was focused. With 6 years of age, it is drinking beautifully and I reckon it will last another 4. Pricey at $50, you get what you pay for. Pinot is never cheap if it is any good (think Burgundy). It is a very finnicky grape that challenges every winemaker. I get it… So, I reckon it is a 91 pointer, and worthy of 4 stars. Glad I still have 3 more and will look for a different pairing next time. Salut….