Saturday, July 28, 2007

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

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.
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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