Winemaker Kim Crawford returns with a new label.
100% Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand. The wine is aged for 11 months in older oak.
SRP of $35 and available for as low as $22. Imported by Terlato Wines International. 2,700 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Nestled among the snow capped mountains of Central Otago is our small Pinot Noir vineyard. This region produces multi-layered and complex wines, making it ideal for growing Pinot Noir.
We are the custodians of this piece of land, our responsibility is to respect its rhythm, making wine with the love of the land.
This is a wine of brooding complexity. Big and rich with sweet berry fruit flavors, hints of mushroom and oak and balanced drying tannins. Aromas of dark fruit with perfumed violet notes and a hint of oak.
Loveblock wines is the latest endeavor of Kim and Erica Crawford, the husband and wife duo formerly behind Kim Crawford Wines. Best known for their excellent Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, that brand is now owned by Constellation Brands. And while the couple can no longer use the iconic brand name they created, they're back with a new label, Loveblock, featuring wines made from high altitude vineyards in Central Otago, New Zealand. Today we're featuring the only red wine they produce, Pinot Noir.
The 2012 Loveblock Central Otago Pinot Noir begins with aromas of black cherry, strawberry, cola, baking spice and some nice earthy notes. Tasting the wine uncovers lots of sweet fruit, in fact the first thing that struck me is that the fruit is reminiscent of Sweet Tarts candy. Yet this is a dry, not sweet, wine. It's the abundance of strawberry, black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors that give it the illusion of being sweet. The earthy notes from the nose also continue and lead into the long finish where the fruit turns even more tart. Touches of baking spice, toasty oak and even some citrus linger in the mouth.
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