January 4 , 2006 - Jack

Wine Blogging Wednesday #17

This month's theme is Red Kiwis and is hosted by:
The Cork Dork

This month our wine is from:

Spencer Hill

2003 Pinot Noir Nelson
Coastal Ridge Vineyard

Spencer Hill 2003 Pinot Noir Coastal Range

Spencer Hill Estate is 15 years old and is located in the Nelson appellation in New Zealand. They produce Chardonnay (which has received many accolades), Viogner and a few hundred cases of this Pinot Noir.

Their website says that the "heavier clay loam soils and underlying shales provide the grapes with full flavours which provide depth to the wine. A number of different clones were used in the production of this wine. Yields were kept low to gain fruit intensity."

This wine was aged for eight months in new French oak.

Our tasting notes:

Joanne - Nose of raspberries in cream and also charcuterie but not spicy. Perfumey. Tasting, unmistakably Pinot Noir - bright, creamy-style with good acids. Almost powdery finish with acids a little too present on the finish.

Jack - It smells different than any other wine - meaty but something I just can't find the right word(s) for - still, fairly appealing. Taste says pinot immediately. Made me think more of Sonoma Coast pinot than anything else. Reasonable alcohol (i.e., not overripe fruit). Acids and sweetness dominate. Although this wine will age for quite awhile, I'm not sure if it will develop more complexity. At $25, this is a good value for pinot noir and I would drink it again. Paying $60 or more at a restaurant would not make me happy.

Spencer Hill Logo

Spencer Hill Bottle

This wine is available in New Zealand, Denmark and the United States. We found it at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. (It was recommended by the buyer/general manager, Ben Pearson.)

It retails for $25-$30 and can be found in California and the NY Metro area. The US Importer is American Beverage Group in Petaluma, CA.


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