Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2012
Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
Natalie's Score: 91/100
Community Score: 4.5/5 Community Reviews: 10
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Product #: 626390
Wine Type: Red Wine
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Sweetness: Extra Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Winery: Kim Crawford
Agent: Constellation Brands Inc.
More Vintages: 2010 2008 2008 2006
Note: I publish batches of reviews that I call Good Values Wine Picks. These are from the regular section of the liquor store rather than the Vintages section, and tend to be lower priced and the most widely available of all wines. The last four reviews I did were: September 11, July 26, September 12 and March 7. Tasting note:
Central Otago grapes adds blacker berry fruit whereas South Island is brighter red fruit. Lusciously ripe fruit with mouth-watering juiciness. This is why I love New Zealand Pinot Noir! Lovely fruit with light oak (10% new French oak) with 60% oak total, and 40% in stainless steel oak. Oak is just for a bit of spice and to fill out the palate. Pinot Noir food pairings: pulled-pork sandwiches, roasted chicken, salmon ceviche. This Pinot Noir was reviewed by September 11, 2013 Natalie MacLean
Opinions about wine differ greatly as the experience is subjective. You may find it helpful to compare this critical evaluation of the wine with mine as well as your own:
Malcolm Lamont rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review: Some cracked black pepper spiciness from the 60% french barrel / 40% tank fermentation, and lots of red fruit, and in the background some supporting role players of baking spice, and vanilla/caramel. Repeating flavours on the well-rounded palate. Pairs fantastically with roast duck au jus. Tasted October 2, 2013
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review: Lots of dark fruit, cherries, blackberries, currants. Earthy on the nose, hints of spice, nice mouthfeel. Evidence of the cooler inland climate. Slightly tannic, well paired with salmon or venison per the Winemaker Anthony's suggestion.
Jane Staples rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: This Pinot Noir from South Island helped me decide what wine to serve for Thanksgiving Dinner! The nose has notes of cherries, black currants and blackberries, with a touch of vanilla and spice, then oak and spice fill out the mid-palate. Low tannins and a long, vanilla and fruit finish. This wine was aged in French oak, then stainless steel. Will complement roast breast of duck, pork tenderloin, salmon or venison.
Heather Wall rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: Ruby red and light+ body. A familiar favourite at the liquor store and always consistent is the Kim Crawford Pinot Noir. Ripe dark fruit, cranberries, earthiness, sweet spice, pepper and some subtle oak due to 40% SS fermetation. Mildly tannic. Nice with roasted duck breast. Game meats and the Canadian BBQ as well.
Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: A blend of Marlborough and Otago fruit, this wine offers up bright aromas and flavours of red cherry, white pepper, red plum skin, bay leaf, and beet root. 89 Points. (ottawawinejournal.com)
Wanda rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: Soft tannins and bold fruit/berry flavour with a hint of spice. A delightful wine to drink and it paired nicely with our Thanksgiving Turkey.
Mark Cochrane rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review: A nice ruby red Pinot Noir stored in 60% French oak of which 10% was new French oak brings out the spice and a hint of white pepper in this Kim Crawford Pinot Noir. A good balance of acidity and fruit with lots of cherry and currants on the palate and a long finish of cherry. Very nice
Dan Carkner reviewed this wine as follows: A blend of 2 regions with Central Otago fruit providing dark berry and dried cranberry notes while Marlborough produce lends aromatics and fresh red berry characteristics. Aromas of cherry, currant, and red licorice define the fruit forward style. Violet, cinnamon, clove, and forest floor aspects provide background complexity. The palate confirms the nose with the addition of red plum and stewed raspberry. This is an easy drinking New Zealand Pinot Noir that calls for a refill.
Bottled just a few short weeks ago, the 2012 vintage of this customer favourite is here! Food-friendly and a super value, this refreshing cool-climate Pinot Noir offers classic flavours of black cherry, raspberry and earthy notes. Shines with a range of foods. Source: Vintages Wine Panel, undated.
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Serve this wine between 60-65 degrees Farenheit or 15-18 degrees Celsius.