2009 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for the brand.

Along with my current Cab Franc obsession, I’m also really liking Pinot Noir a lot these days. Perhaps it’s the warmer weather driving me towards reds with lighter flavors. Or maybe I just like wine. Lots of wines. Tonight we tried the 2009 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir which was just a lovely wine overall. The wine has a real cork closure, clocks in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for about $45.

Four takeways from this wine:

1.) The price is a little steep, but this is a really well done Pinot.

2.) The nose reminded me a Hope chest. Perfumey with cedar and spice. Yum.

3.) I’ve had some pretty great Pinots from New Zealand lately.

4.) This wine just kept getting better the more time it spent in the glass.

On the nose I found herbs, smoke, spice, cedar, violets, and some spicy notes. In the mouth I got raspberry, cherry, pepper, spice, black cherry, black raspberry, and cedar. The flavors were really deep and the wine had great structure and body.



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