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2011 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir

May 10, 2013 - Norman Bentley

After two weeks of eating fresh fish, we were sufficiently gorged enough on seafood to want some beef for a change, and it just so happens that I have an excellent recipe for Beef Stroganoff. We chose a bottle of 2011 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir from New Zealand to accompany our meal, and had a delightful repast.

Pinot Noir from New Zealand has gained a lot of recognition over the last decade, and I have enjoyed several vintages from Oyster Bay. This one hails from the Marlborough region where the warm summer days are cooled by evening ocean breezes, The wine was aged for six months in French oak, and has an alcohol content of 13.5%.

This is a pleasant Pinot Noir, which is light but fanciful, with a strong fruit concentration highlighted by the fragrance of cherries. The flavor contains the presence of the cherries, combined with plum, and a hint of strawberry. There is an underlying herbal suggestion which I could not identify, which glides the wine into a lingering finish, with only hints of the sweet tannins. This wine was paired well with our Beef Stroganoff, and would also make a good companion for grilled salmon. Norm's score is 86.

Score: 86

Price: $11 - $16


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