Monday, February 8, 2021

Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2016

 Central Otago is near the center of New Zealand's South Island. With snow-capped mountains, glaciers and clear mountain streams, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. The climate is cool, even in summer, and the soil apparently is suitable for growing Pinot Noir. Most Central Otago Pinots sell for $50 to $60; Mud House, at $13.99, is a real bargain.

Bright ruby red. Bold aromas of red cherries, violets, baking spices and oak. Not much swirling is needed, and it's hard to keep your nose out of the glass. Flavors are equally enticing: fresh strawberries, red currants and spice. Ripe fruit finish. Bolder than I would expect from a Pinot Noir and not very Burgundian, but hard to resist.

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