Don't ask me why, but I noticed on this bottle that you get an extra sip of wine with the screw cap. Normally a bottle has to leave room for a cork, but this bottle was filled almost to the top! Impressive!!
Upon first pour, the color of this wine was very pale, a beautiful ruby, burnt orange, light cranberry color. Once in the glass, it appeared almost like liquid red jello; smooth and absolutely delightful. (See the small photo below.)
The initial nose was very earthy, with notes of toast and wood. My first impression was almost that it had similar qualities to a merlot or cabernet; it smelled a lot bigger than a typical pinot noir in my opinion. I was very excited to take my first sip of this wine after observing the color & smell.
On the first sip, it was much sweeter than I was expecting, but a very calm middle flavor and a spicy end. It had a very quick finish but it was incredibly smooth. After sipping this wine for a while, it had moments of being bitter, but great flavor. It had a smooth yet sour finish (if that makes sense!) with a bold yet subtle flavor (again, I know I sound crazy...). I must admit, this was my favorite pinot noir I've had to date and definitely would recommend it! Go out and try it for yourself, and you'll know what I mean!
Winemaker: Andrew Hedley (read more about him, their Assistant Winemaker & Viticulturalist here)
Cost: Roughly $20
Bottle Notes: "aromas and flavors of spicy cherries and fruit cake along with some savory game, mushroom & toasty oak complexity"
Ratings: Robert Parker - 87 points, Wine Spectator - 90 points
Importer: Evaton, Inc., Stamford, CT
You can see the color well in this photo...in the glass it shows the burnt orange color, and the reflection below shows the amazing ruby color!
Purhcase Online: Framingham Online Store (Note that if you are outside New Zealand, you must email them at email@example.com for ordering information)
While they don't currently have this vintage available, they have the 2008 & 2010, which I'd be curious to try. They also have a varietal which you don't often find from New Zealand producers, Montepulciano, an absolutely delightful grape, most often from the Tuscany area of Italy.
They are located minutes from the airport, just off the Wairau River, one of my favorite areas! They are open seven days a week and have an absolutely gorgeous property. (Check out their online Photo Gallery!)
One other note: I also purchased the Framingham 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, which I will be sure to review soon. Based on this delicious wine, I am looking forward to trying the Sauv Blanc, and more Framingham, in the future.