Monday, June 2, 2014

***+ $$ Sherwood Estate Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2008 - Wine Tasting & Review

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By way of background: This is Sherwood Estate Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand. The 2008 vintage is finished at a mere 12.5% alcohol.

Original Tasting and Review, two years from vintage date, August, 2010:

In the glass: Deeply hued ruby red.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this New Zealand pinot noir shows a deep, dry, slightly earthy and leafy nose. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are sweet, rich, red cherry and red currant, moving on a solid acid and mineral core.  Hint of raw tobacco emerges too.  The clean, sweet fruit moves up gracefully into your cheeks, where it lodges playfully til the next sip.

In summary: Overall, a sweet, classic mid-weight experience. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its underlying power.

With a one-hour decant:  Nose takes on a cleaner, laundry-esque element.  Same elements on the palate, but they knit together with somewhat less acidity.

With a long decant, one week under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle:  Tobacco, peppery red now on the nose.  Very consistent palate notes.  This one holds up well to decant.  May hold up well in the bottle too... we'll find out in a year or two!

Updated review, almost four years later, now six years from vintage date, June, 2014:  Light brick in color.  Leafy and mature fresh dirt nose.  Solid and fresh dry red currant fruit on the palate.  Clean and sweet with fresh, lively acids.  Held up remarkably well to its six years of age - as predicted by its character four years ago!

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