Goldwater Wairau Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010 – Pinot Noir Perfection

An Absolute Beauty!

100% Pinot Noir from Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand.

SRP of $25 and available for as low as $23 (Saturday Splurge). Sample received courtesy Pasternak Wine Imports for review purposes.

From the bottle:

“On first impression, our Pinot might remind you of strawberries, cherries and spice. But dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover the cool mountain winds and fist-sized stones that distinguish our region. Goldwater Pinot Noir comes from the Wairau Valley, the heart of viticulture and winemaking in Marlborough. It is candid, lustrous and spirited.

14.0% Alcohol”

New Zealand may be best known for Sauvignon Blanc but we’ve tasted some pretty good Pinot Noir from this area as well from producers like Dashwood, Stoneleigh and Saint Clair. However, today’s wine goes way beyond pretty good to darn near perfection. And at only a few dollars outside our normal range this wine is definitely Saturday Splurge worthy.

The 2010 Goldwater Wairau Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir begins with a rather subdued, earthy aroma when first opened. The more air it gets; however, the more complex you realize this wine is. Raspberry, cocoa, mint, earth and even caramel notes contribute to an absolutely beautiful bouquet of aromas once the wine opens up. It’s one of those wines you almost don’t want to taste for fear that it can’t live up to the wonderful aromas, but that is definitely not the case here. Juicy and delicious fruit with perfectly integrated spice and light tannins await your first sip. And that one sip is all it takes to recognize this wine is going to be quite a treat. The finish lasts for a very long time and goes through stages of spicy black pepper, then fruit, and finally some lingering chocolate notes. Fabulous and food flexible too!

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