When New Zealand began cranking out Pinot Noir, one could often read a description along these lines:
"This Pinot is positively Burgundian in character"
Thhphhht. I understand the urge to compare something to the original, gold standard. However, well-made wine should be able to stand on its own. And much of the Kiwi Pinot Noir is just dandy.
Brancott Vineyards makes a nice, simple Pinot for around ten bucks. But wait; it gets better. Brancott's reserve Pinot is positively potent.
- From Marlborough, New Zealand
- Light ruby in color - fading to salmon/copper
- Scents of ripe cherry, tomato plant, and earth
- Concentrated flavors of cherry, dark chocolate, and just a little black licorice. A light-bodied wine with intense flavors. A long, pleasant finish
**** (4 stars out of 5)
Fine with food. But, this wine is one of those that yearns to go solo.