Sunday, September 18, 2011

Review: ***+ $$ Escarpment Vineyard Over the Edge Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand, 2009 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: New Zealand pinot noirs are generally known for a taut, restrained style.  I have a hunch this one may break a bit from the model.


Original tasting and review : This is Escarpment Vineyard Over the Edge Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand, 2009, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Over the Edge is medium red with glints of purple.

On the nose: Poured quite cool and swirled vigorously, shows the bright ripe red cherry characteristic of pinot noirs from the region.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and tangy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact somewhat fleshy, full-bodied and sweet with ripe red currants on the initial attack. Red cherries follow into the corners of your mouth, with gentle - not searing - acids pulling the sweet fruit along. The finish lingers in your cheeks with sugar, red fruit and persistent light acids, and it remains clean throughout. 

In summary: Overall, a friendly, full, ready-to-drink rendition of the Kiwi pinot noir genre, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for friendliness. This is a good value by Spirit of Wine calculations, which makes it a great value for pinot noir.

Following long decant,  day and a half kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Sweet red nose almost moves funky sweet now.  Palate is consistent.  Yes, funky; but nice funky.

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