Sunday, January 17, 2016

2011 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir
Malborough, New Zealand

Price $20-30
Vintage  2011
Alcohol  14.5%
Clarity mostly clear, slight hazy
Intensity medium
Color: burgundy
Nose/Palate:  clean, light medium nose, bright red fruit (cherries, raspberries), a bit herbal (lavender, eucalyptus), oak (smokey, leather). A hint of bitterness (?)

Personal rating  9 out of 10

Additional comments: Some interesting vineyard conditions for this vintage: wet winter, early fruit set, large crop >> extra vineyard thinning required.

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