If you’ve never had a Pinot Noir from New Zealand, I’m begging you, find one and try it. In one word, Fantastic. The wine that I purchased from Jackson’s in Lafayette, was a 2002 Nelson Pinot Noir “Seifried”. The wine was very well made, and expressive of the New Zealand Terrior. A coy nose of minerals and earth with a beautiful cherry color. The wine tasted rich in fruit but had nice acidity without overpowering tannins. The long complex finish is where I was mostly impressed, as the mouthfeel was smooth and silky, with a touch of oak that was very well balanced. This was an excellent wine with enough backbone for a rich meal. Thanks Jens over at Cincinnati Wine Garage for hosting the event, and giving me the recommendation to try some Pinot Noir from a region other than California, Oregon, or Burgandy. This won’t be the last bottle of Pinot Noir from New Zealand that I enjoy.
Wine: Nelson Pinot Noir “Seifried”
Score: 94pts JAT