AG Pick: Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2007

With its cool climate, New Zealand has the ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir.  In fact, Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red wine grape in the country.  Yet as with a lot of Pinot Noir, finding a bottle from New Zealand that suits your tastes can be tricky.

But there’s no finger crossing involved when it comes to Cloudy Bay’s 2007 Pinot Noir.  Seductive and savory with fresh red fruit flavors, this wine will please picky Pinot drinkers.

Cloudy Bay’s vineyards are located in Marlborough, a region at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island.  More than half of New Zealand’s vines are located in Marlborough, including more than 85% of the country’s Sauvignon Blanc.

The grapes used in Cloudy Bay’s 2007 vintage were hand picked from nine clones of Pinot Noir from the southern side of the Wairau Valley.  The wine was aged in French oak barrels (approximately 50% new), for nearly a year.

Cranberry red in color, the wine has fragrant aromas of cherry and plum.  These fruit flavors ripen on the layered palate, mingling with bright notes of red currant and blueberry along with spicy sandalwood.  Smoky bacon, white pepper and toasted oak add depth, while gentle tannins give the wine a pleasing mouthfeel.  The wine finishes smooth with lingering spicy red fruit.

The 2007 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir costs $35 a bottle.

14% alcohol by volume

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