Saturday, January 15, 2011

2009 Nobilo Icon PINOT NOIR (Marlborough, New Zealand)

An open, flavorful P.N. that was slightly marred by a flat-feeling vegetal component in the back half of the palate.

Dark ruby garnet. Ripe, open, inviting nose of sweet, sappy cherries (identifiably P.N.), brown sugar, crushed rocks, and a freshly-mowed weeds component. Mouthfilling, direct Pinot flavors on entry (ripe cherry and subtle, minerally earth), but developing the aforementioned slightly flat, vegetal component as the seconds went by. Still, hard to complain at this price point (under $20 at Central Market), since modestly-priced, good P.N.s are very hard to find. 86.

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