Find Pleasure in This Pinot Noir

Find Pleasure in This Pinot Noir

A light, perfumed red from New Zealand

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New Zealand produces Sauvignon Blanc that is different and original. It has consequently shaken up the wine world. Their success with Pinot Noir also has heads scratching, and taste buds craving the original qualities of this finicky grape. Today’s wine, from the Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island, is a perfumed and delicate wine that will charm you with its distinctiveness.

2016 Pinot Noir, Nanny Goat Vineyard, Central Otago $24 srp

Light, transparent garnet color. A rounded nose of rose petals, “sweet” summer berries, loamy earth and a tender sensation that fills the sinuses. It’s reminiscent of a sachet of spice! Flavors are light/medium bodied, smoothly textured and refined. Elements of strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb are balanced and refreshing with a bright tweak of end acidity. Needs a bit more substance on the palate to reach the next level, but this may be due to a less than stellar vintage. Regardless, it’s original, fun and a pleasure to consume. Drink now-2019.

89/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.