New World Pinot Noir

All three of the wines in this flight were bottled under screwcap closures. I made my notes after lecturing a bit so they sat in the glasses for about 40 minutes before I started typing.

Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Pinot Noir 2008 The cherry fruit is delightful, combining a sense of freshly-picked cherries and the sweetness of those baked in a pie.  In the mouth the structure shows albeit in a ripe and accessible way with long acidity – very nice and certainly a value. Produced and bottled under a screwcap closure in Healesville 14.1% purchased for $13.99 at Bottle Barn Innocent Bystander

Oyster Bay, Marlborough, Pinot Noir 2008 The nose is a bit musty and not as vibrant as I would expect from this producer. In the mouth it is a bit astringent and on the lighter side. 13.5% purchased for $14.49 at Bottle Barn Oyster Bay

Amisfield, Central Otago, Pinot Noir 2006 There’s almost a jammy character to the fruit in the nose of this wine, vibrant and showing a mix of fresh and dried character. In the mouth it is packed with flavor, dense and structured, still a baby with long acidity – very nice. Produced in Queenstown 13.9% purchased for $31.99 at Bottle Barn Amisfield

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He teaches and writes about wine and the business of wine and makes his home in Sonoma County.
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