2010 Caroline's Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir
New Zealand: Waitaki Valley
A Cracker of a Pinot
Dear Operative, prepare yourselves for possibly the BEST New Zealand Pinot we’ve ever tasted. Today’s Ostler Vineyards 2010 Caroline’s Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir is just that good.
We always love finding wines that are a little off the beaten path. Especially when they’re from New Zealand and described by the winemaker as a “cracker of a wine.” We had no idea what to expect when we pulled the cork on today’s wine, but we had zero idea that it would blow us away like it did. Richly flavored with juicy fruit and soft earth, today’s wine is incredibly well balanced and hits all the right Pinot notes.
Please enjoy our boldest recommendation for today’s stunner from Down Under.
Deep ruby in color, with flecks of dark crimson shining through as well.
Beautifully robust and complex, with layers of black cherry and ripe blackberry overtop notes of summer bramble, tilled earth, sandalwood, black peppercorn, and a touch of violet.
Incredibly flavorful, with a delightful earthiness that left a smile on our faces. Bramble, sweet tobacco leaf, and dried leaves frame a fruity core of perfectly ripened cherry, blackberry, and black raspberry. Also present: touches of dark baking spices and a clear minerality.
Perfectly balanced between dark fruit, earth, and spice, with each component clearly presented without being overpowering. A delicious wine on its own but would also be a great meal pairing choice.
An elegant meal for an elegant wine: grilled duck breast, served with a balsamic-blueberry reduction.
What the Winery Says
- Jeff Sinnott
- Best Wines of the Year - Wine Spectator, 90 Points - Robert Parker
- Waitaki Valley, New Zealand
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Pinot Noir