Last of the Spies

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Spy Valley Winery.

With this post, I’ll have told you about 5 wines from Spy Valley Winery.  The Sauvignon Blanc was by far my favorite of the bunch, definitely a wine I would seek out again and again.  I liked all of the wines, but felt some offered better value than others.  The last of the group was the 2007 Spy Valley Pinot Noir.  The wine had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and looks to retail for around $22.  Now, I tasted through a TON of New Zealand Pinots at the last New Zealand tasting I attended, and overall the quality impressed me a lot. I’m surprised that I don’t see more of them on the store shelves.

On the nose I found smoke, bing cherries, tart red cherries, raspberries, dusty chocolate, herbs, and cigarette smoke.  In the mouth I got raspberries, cherries, red fruit, a little spice, and notes of strawberry jello.  Overall I’d say the wine had soft tannins and showed very smooth in the mouth, despite the tart fruit up front.

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