Friday, April 20, 2012

Ninth Island Tasmania (Australia) Pinot Noir, 2009

With Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs lingering in my memory, I decided to open a Pinot that I've enjoyed in the past. Piper's Brook is a well regarded Tasmanian producer of Pinot Noir and sparkling wines; Ninth Island is the domaine's second label, and I found this bottle for $12.99 at Tiffany's in Kalamazoo. That is a very good price for a wine of this quality.

Beautiful medium deep ruby./ Captivating aromas of ripe strawberries, red raspberries and cherries. Light spice: cinnamon and thyme./ Very appealing ripeness on palate. Not as earthy and dry as many Pinots. Has some of the red berry charm of the Goldeneye but lacks the haunting complexity of that wine. Fine tannins are the number one trait. A good value for frequent drinking.

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