(New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough, Awatere Valley)
Went to Smith & Wollensky and had this Pinot Noir. This is a new Zealand pinot. I felt this wine just just ok, but please read on. The color was a little thin. The nose had nice qualities of tree bark, pine and rocks. Nice earthy feel and a little like a Bordeaux. The palate hit me hard with minerals and a stainless steel feel to it. Kind of a turn off. The tannins were mild and the fruit was mellow. However the finish was consistent with the start. Just ok but for the money of 14 bucks a bottle, and it is above average than a regular table wine.
From their site:
Pinot Noir is naturally suited to the soils and climate of The Crossings’ higher altitude upper valley vineyards from which the grapes are sourced. This wine was matured in French barrique and presents lifted aromas of cherries, underpinned by savoury notes. Cherry and berry fruits on the palate knit together with subtle oak and fine tannins to produce a wine with great finesse.