2009 Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand
A little smokiness which we find typical of many Marlborough Pinots, lots of bright black cherry and cinnamon perhaps as well on the palate. Flavors are definitely enhanced with foods including spicy lamb sausage, smoked fish, or herb roasted chicken.
$19.79 as part of a mixed case.
"The grapes for this wine were hand picked and small batch fermented before maturation in new and seasoned French oak barriques. Red berry, black cherry and sweet spicy oak aromas provide a complex and alluring nose. Plum, cherry and coffee characters lead to a soft opulent palate, with velvety tannins and a long generous finish."
"Our winemaking uses the traditional Burgundian techniques of small batch fermentation, hand-plunging and maturation in 225 Lt French oak barriques (25% new). After nine months in barrel the wine was gently filtered before being estate bottled. 13.5% alc."
"4.5 Stars ... A quiet achiever, praised by Alastair Maling for its Burgundian qualities. This wine has a lean, lively, savoury profile. The initial impression is one of lightness, but it stealthily fills the mouth and lingers beautifully."
Double Gold -- Best Pinot Noir 2012 San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition
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