Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand; 14% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 4 Apr
After the 2008 Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc was so good, I jumped on this bottle, and the wine completely justified my impulse.
Not that I have a huge sample size, but this wine is the darkest and richest New Zealand Pinot Noir I have tasted. It needed about 1.5 hours of air, but then showed flavors of very dark cherry / kirsch, plum, cola, Pinot funk, and dark aromatic spice / black earth. It’s more fruity and not as dry-earthy, but it reminded me of some nice Burgundies I’ve tasted. Although I usually prefer the light and airy style of Pinot Noir, I found this wine spectacularly delicious for the price. I expect it will go very quickly during the sale, and maybe before.