Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2005 Tasting Notes
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Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2005 Tasting Notes

This $15 offering from Marlborough on New Zealand's South Island is a medium-bodied, voluptuous wine with good straightforward red plum, strawberry, raspberry and cherry notes couched in some chocolate warmth from French oak.

The wine has friendly tannins and a soft, personable, almost citrus-drink acidity that extends into an excellent finish. There are touches of clove, smoky earth and dried mushrooms.

The wine works, and is a good value (you can get it online for $12), but as well as it is constructed, it left me looking for a little broader fruit development, a bigger touch of earth.


Verdict: Well Made
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