A rare Pinot worth the dough; Clifford Bay 09 Pinot Noir

New Zealand PinotIt is tough to find a Pinot that doesn't break the bank, suck, or taste like Syrah.  The Clifford Bay is something I picked up at BevMo-yes BevMo-for 1/2 price on a whim, and it paid off.  The irony of their sale is that BevMo marks the wines way up for the buy one for a nickel sale, and then marks them back down for regular sales.  You heard it from me.  I would call that seriously misleading at best, but that's the way they move bottles.  The $22/bbl wine is now on sale for $11.38 on their website.  Hmmmmmm.

Injustices aside, this wine is quite good for the money.  It is very rich and hearty, with a darker purple brown color that you can still see through and dark cherries coco, spice and leathery notes on the nose.  The palate is big and sturdy as well, but is well put together and pretty smooth.  The acidity and weight of the wine are quite good, and the flavor lingers for just long enough.  The flavor profile is dominated by black cherries, tinges of herbs and a nice woody licorice finish.  I'd say go load up and feel good about drinking it.

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