2009 Kalinda Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1064221

Quite rich for Kiwi Pinot. If you love Central Coast PN, you will go nuts for this one. Smoked meat aromas and some toasty nuances. Quite dense on the palate with an intriguing strawberry/black cherry flavor. Lingering finish. Great with a short decanting. Serve this with chicken or veal or even lamb.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/2/2012  | Send Email
I personally feel that New Zealand is probably eight to ten years away from being able to produce, as a whole, the superb quality of Pinot Noir that would rival those coming from the villages productions of Burgundy or many of the superb Pinots from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Many New Zealand Pinots I find to be fairly linear and one-dimensional, and towards the lighter side of Gamay. Occasionally though, you will find one that kicks the quality up several degrees, and provides a wine that is broader and much more interesting in taste. Such is the case with the 2009 Kalinda Pinot. Medium ruby in color, the nose offers a lovely floral, red cherry, strawberry, and vanillin character. It is bright and fleshy in the mouth with good viscosity and softness, cedary/smoky undertones, and a nice lingering finish. Being a near-term drinking Gem, do not go hiding it your cellar and forgetting about it for ten years. 13.5% ABV

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5