2009 Jacob's Creek Reserve
Origin: South Australia
Pinot Noir is an interesting grape variety. It is extremely difficult to grow and tricky to get consistent results from. Its flavors can vary greatly, giving many Pinot Noir wines a whole host of flavors and nuances that other wines just don't exhibit, including everything from a sublime elegant fruitiness, to a barnyard funk in others.
It pours a dark garnet and has aromas of strawberry jam and subdued cranberries. It had a light-to-medium body, typically of Pinot Noir. On the palette, I get dry plum, black cherry, hints of spice, a touch of oak, and a savory, earthy finish. The tannins are present, but fairly light.
This is a solid, savory and earthy Pinot Noir which would fit well with duck or some lighter game dishes.
Drink This: if you want a quality Pinot Noir on the savory, earthy side of things. It's only around $13, making it a great value and perfect for when the mood strikes for a dry, savory red.
Don't Drink This: if you are looking for a sweeter, red wine.
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