OK, I will admit that I almost purchased another Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre to try. But since I just tried one last week, I picked up a Pinot from the Central Otago region in New Zealand. The wine is light in color, and it smells like raspberries with a bit of smoke and spice. I didn’t get any heat on the midpalate so I had to check the alcohol content – only 12.9%! The finish is smooth, juicy and easygoing. In fact, easygoing is a great way to describe this wine. It is not very complex, but it also is not boring.
I do like my Pinot with a bit more complexity, but for $15.99 this is an excellent Pinot. I can definitely say that I haven’t had a another Pinot that I’ve enjoyed as much at the same price point (though the Meomi Belle Glos for $5 more definitely has an edge). And on the bottle there’s a delicious pairing suggestion – wild mushroom risotto with garlic and fresh thyme. That sounds amazing! Currently enjoying this bottle with a wedge of a truffled Italian goat cheese – but may have to try the risotto pairing.