2009 Saint Clair Pinot Noir "Marlborough"
Winery: Saint Clair
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Marlborough"
Wine Category: Pinot Noir
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir
State or country: New Zealand
Cases produced: 10,000
KWG Score: 88.7 (based on 4 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)
Review date: July 21, 2012
Wine Review: This Pinot opens with a firm ripe black raspberry and black plum bouquet with a hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, rather approachable and flavorful. Those flavors are a blend of black raspberry jam and blackberry with notes of red beet, black pepper and old oak. The fruit is so juicy and strong that this Pinot will appeal to Zin and Shiraz fans. The finish is dry and its spicy moderate tannins linger for sometime. I would pair this Pinot with braised short ribs. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: Deep red with purple hues. Aroma of ripe dark fruits with a raspberry leaf lift complemented by subtle spice and savoury notes. A mouth filling medium-bodied Pinot Noir with a palate showing black currant and black cherry with hints of ripe raspberry and redcurrant. This wine has a soft, full palate, well balanced acidity and supple tannins. A well-integrated mixture of new and older French oak provides rich, savoury notes on the palate with a full, persistent finish. Ageing potential: Drinking beautifully from the outset, this wine can be enjoyed young or with careful cellaring, will mature into a fuller, more complex wine that can be enjoyed for years to come.
Organic status: not organic
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