I’m a big fan of NZ Pinot Noir. With all due respect to our California friends, NZ Pinot offers the best bang-for-the-buck. I’ve enjoyed twelve-buck Pinot from Brancott. I’ve also happily slurped Brancott’s reserve P.N. So of course when I noticed a new Kiwi Pinot in my wine shop the other day, I eagerly took it home.
Sadly, this New Zealander just isn’t up to snuff.
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, ’03 ($17)
- From New Zealand’s Marlborough region
- Dayglo cherry-red with a watery rim
- Fairly strong scents of strawberry, cherry, and vanilla
- Light-bodied, with subtle, simple fruit flavors. Not much in the way of tannins. A brief, fleeting finish
** (2 stars out of 5)
On the bright side, I was able to taste that this wine is indeed a Pinot Noir (and that’s sayin something - some budget Pinots don’t taste like much of anything). On the down side, for close to $20, there wasn’t much to it. I'll stick with the Brancott Reserve Pinot Noir for a fine Pinot in the twenty dollar price range.