I will be the first to admit that I naturally gravitate more towards white wine than red. That doesn’t mean that I’m not equally passionate about red wine, and its grape types and varieties; I’m always trying to expand my palate and find reds that get me excited.
Pinot Noir is one of the grapes that I have really fallen in love with over the last little while. It’s a lighter red wine, but still full of flavour.
I was given Kim Crawford Pinot Noir as a gift for my birthday and was waiting for an excuse (like I need one) to open it. I brought it over to my parents’ house, because my dad is a red wine drinker.
The Wine: Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
Grape: Pinot Noir
The Cost: $19.95
Location: Marlborough, New Zealand
If you know me, you know how much I love Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – those wines are just bursting with flavour and elegance; so I had high hopes for Kim’s (we are on a first name basis) Pinot Noir.
When swirling the wine around in the glass all I can smell is pepper – now this is not a bad thing, I LOVE pepper, but not everyone feels the same. When I taste the wine, pepper is the first thing I can identify as well. The more I drink, the more I want to like the wine- it’s a beautiful colour and I love Pinot Noir, as I said, but I keep swishing the wine around in my mouth wanting more flavour.
As the wine warms up though, flavours of vanilla and cherry blend nicely with the peppery attributes, and there are caramel flavours that come to the surface as well.
Kim Crawford has created a nice Pinot Noir, but I’m not sold on this wine – glass after glass left me wanting more flavour or body.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I love Kim Crawford’s whites and wines from this region; so I’m hoping another bottle will convince me that I should love this wine!