Kim Crawford Pinot Noir - $17.99

Wine Details

Price: $17.99
Producer: Kim Crawford
Region: Marlborough
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: cherry
  • Red Wine
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Product Description

  • Colour: Medium depth of colour with purple and crimson notes. Aroma: An aromatic wine with black cherries and red currants on the nose, complexed with integrated oak and a smoky bacon character. Palate: A nice combination of dark cherries and red fruit abound. This is underscored with a hint of oak and firm tannins. Persists well. Cellar: Up to five years. Food Match: Ideal with smoked salmon or pork chops. Suited to most rest meats and not bad as a wine to enjoy all on its own.
  • Kim Crawford Wines started out in a small Auckland cottage in New Zealand. Since launch in 1996, the label has gained critical acclaim around the globe. Being big was never our aim. Being the best has been. Pouring a glass of Kim Crawford Wine promises great times with friends; it often heralds a spirited lunch or lively evening. It conveys confidence in a stylish, stimulating environment. We do things unconventionally, take risks, start things, welcome different. Screw caps keep wine fresher than corks. So we started championing them. We decided the world needed a clean, top quality, fruit driven Chardonnay devoid of the heavy oak. So we started making one.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
NatDecants - 90 Details: 2006 Kim Crawford Small Parcel Rise And Shine Creek Pinot Noir Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand: VC: This Pinot was sourced from the Clearvue Vineyard, located at northern end of Rise and Shine Creek. Kim Crawford uses small amounts of the highest quality grapes in their Small Parcel wines such as in this rich, dark-fruited, well-balanced Pinot. My note: Sweet cherry fruit aromas with nice tang and finish. Pair with: rack of lamb, venison.  35337  14%  XD  750 mL  $34.95  Score: 90/100. 2006 NatDecants cherry
Tastings - 90 Details: Beautiful ruby red color with a purple rim. Dark chocolate covered cherry, sweet tomato, pencil shavings, and smoky oak aromas. A supple entry leads to a dry medium-bodied palate with vibrant black cherry, plum, peppery spice, and graphite flavors. Finishes with a long fade of cherry, minerals, and smoky spice. 2005 Tastings black cherry, dark chocolate, graphite, minerals, oak, peppery, plum, smoky, spice, tomato
WineAndSpirits - 85 Details: Warm and mature, with scents of Asian spices and a burnt orange edge to the fruit, this is a heady pinot for roast meats. 2004 WineAndSpirits
NatDecants - 89 Details: KIM CRAWFORD PINOT NOIR 2004 Marlborough, South Island VC: Light ruby color leads to aromas that suggest cranberry, strawberry, earth and mineral tones. Dry and crisp with a good fruit/mineral aroma replays in the mouth. This medium-bodied wine will definitely reward 1-3 years in a cellar. My note: Perfumed with juicy cherry notes. 626390 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. 2004 NatDecants orange, spices
WineSpectator - 87 Details: Light and appealing, with lots of mulberry, raspberry and gentle green herb flavors that linger on the smoothly polished finish. Drink now through 2007. 7,000 cases made. –HS 2003 WineSpectator
WineSpectator - 85 Details: Light and refined, with earthy, peppery cherry flavors that echo on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2004. 1,100 cases imported. (HS) 2002 WineSpectator
WineEnthusiast - 86 Details: For the price, this is a good introduction to NZ Pinot Noir, showing a smooth mouthfeel and smoky, briary complexities layered over tangy beet and cherry fruit. 2002 WineEnthusiast cherry, earthy, peppery
WineEnthusiast - 87 Details: Simple cherry flavors are clean, pure and easy to drink. At the suggested price of $15, this would be a Best Buy if it were available in the United States. Future vintages will be Marlborough-Hawkes Bay blends and be available in the U.S.; let’s hope the quality stays at this level or even improves. 2000 WineEnthusiast

Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Brie
Red Meat Ham
Poultry & Eggs Roast Turkey
Vegetables Beets, Beans, White, Mushrooms
Fish or Shellfish Seared Ahi Tuna
Sauces Red Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices Pepper (black, white, green)

Wine Terms

Name Value
New Zealand Although it makes just one-tenth the wine of neighboring Australia, this country’s production is increasing every year. Its white wines are generally unoaked with pronounced flavor, rich texture, and high acidity. The South Island’s renowned Sauvignon Blanc is so distinctive that it can be compared to asparagus, limes, grass, or passion fruit. This region also excels in intense Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Cabernet Sauvignon grows well on the North Island, yielding an intense, berry fruit. There the Pinot Noirs are rich and the Chardonnays are soft and ripe but well balanced.
Pinot Noir (pee noh nwahr)—A tricky grape to grow, Pinot Noir makes some of the best wines in the world. The prototype wine is red Burgundy from France but Oregon, California, New Zealand, and parts of Australia also produce good Pinot Noir. The wine is lighter in color than Cabernet or Merlot with relatively high alcohol, medium-to-high acidity, and medium-to-low tannin. Its flavors and aromas can be very fruity or earthy and woodsy, depending on how it is grown. It is rarely blended with other grapes.
Australia/New Zealand Besides producing Mel Gibson, this region can also produce some pretty intense wine. Australia has become the fourth largest wine export in the world. Australian labels are strictly labeled depending where the grapes where grown to make the wine. In New Zealand the sea moderates the weather producing cooler summers and milder winters. The effect of consistently cool nights is to produce fruit which is nearly always high in acidity.
Marlborough When the first growers planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there is evidence of plantings as early as 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and zest fruit flavours of the first Marlborough wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, captured the imagination of the country's winemakers as well as international wine commentators and consumers and sparked an unparalleled boom in vineyard development. Worldwide interest in Marlborough wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, has continued to fuel that regional wine boom.

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