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2013 Grove Mill Pinot Noir 

Marlborough, New Zealand

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Retail $20

Established in Marlborough's Wairau Valley in 1988, Grove Mill winery uses sustainable agricultural practices in the production of a range of varietal wines including sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris, merlot and pinot noir. The Wairau Valley's different soil compositions have a direct impact on the wines produced. Quick-draining, shallow, stony soils are found along the terraces in the river valley's warm, dry climate and clay and silt are more prevalent in the hills. Protected from the coastal region's harshest climate, the valley's warm, dry weather is moderated during the growing season by cooling breezes from Cloudy Bay. The winning combination of sunny days and chilling ocean winds lengthens the grapes' ripening time, leading to well-balanced acidity and fruit character. In the cellar, pre- and post-fermentation maceration are combined with partial barrel fermentation to develop this pinot noir's complexity. Most of the wine was aged in French oak barriques and filtered prior to bottling. In the glass, it offers aromas of cherry, raspberry and a hint of earthy mushrooms. On the palate, taste black plum, cassis and dried herbs. Open 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with steak, grilled mushrooms, lamb, roast pork, venison, duck and tuna. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets.


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