Nelson, New Zealand; 13.5% ABV; screw cap
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 3 Sept
After trying so many truly awful $5 GO Pinots, I finally found one I really like!
It’s not bad at first, but it really rewards the patience to give it 60 – 90 minutes of air in a decanter. Then, it shows tasty flavors of lighter to dark red cherries with an edge into plum, nice Pinot funk, and perfectly aged complexity (i.e., don’t wait to drink it) of cola / lighter brown earth. Although the fruit is ripe, the wine is not heavy like many CA and OR Pinots; it’s on the more delicate side of Pinot Noir. The fruit / acid balance is maybe slightly toward the acid, so have it with food if it’s enough to bother you.
Immediately on opening, I poured half into a 375ml bottle and stoppered it with very little air. The next day, the saved wine still needed a little time in the glass to become the $5 version of sublime. It’s fuller bodied than on the first day, and a little less fresh-tasting, but still delicious. It’s not the Monk’s Gate, but it’s one third the price. Even though I usually don’t get second bottles of wines, so that I can get new wines to review, I will have to get more of this one.