Saturday, July 28, 2007

Rating: *** $$ 2005 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand

Review:
New Zealand is becoming known for it's growing collection of pinot noirs. Kim Crawford's origins were with white wines, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay - but this pinot noir has been well-received too.

In the glass, this is a luscious-looking deep velvet red. Aromas push from the glass: crystalline, piercing flinty cherry aromas, with a touch of herby/vegetable undertow.

On the palate, a bracing, sweet acidity is the first note, followed by tart red cherry fruit. The finish occurs in the upper side reaches of your jaw, a clenching, though not unpleasant acidity holding tight until your next sip.

Overall, with its brightness and grip, this seems to behave a little more like a white wine than I like my reds to behave, but I did find it pleasant enough. Two stars with a plus for the pleasantries.
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Update June, 2008: Less piercing aromas now, more muted sour cherry. Still interesting undertow. The acids have migrated away from the palate, leaving a rich, medium-bodied, slightly tobacco, cherry essence. Medium length, complex finish. Migrates to three stars - age has shown it well!

Find Kim Crawford Pinot Noir at WineZap.

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