Tuesday, December 15, 2009
GREG NORMAN PINOT NOIR 2008
I often like to review wines that don't or won't get any kind of love from the mainstream. It's a way for me as a retailer to provide my customers with information about a wine that is more along the esoteric lines. Yet occasionally I stumble onto a wine that has more of that "brand recognition" I still find so enigmatic, and I have to tell you about it.
Take for example, the Greg Norman Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2008, part of Greg Norman Estates/Fosters Wine Estates California project, and a really nice surprise for Pinot Noir lovers out there. It is textbook Pinot Noir, with ruby red color, notes of strawberries, red flowers and slight nutty and forest floor tones in both the aromas and the flavors of this wine. Aged in both old American and French oak, there are slight woody elements, yet they are sublime and only give this wine another dimension of depth.
I usually shy away from the wines so wholeheartedly embraced by the supermarket chains and restaurant chains because more times than not, the wines are usually very pedestrian and have nothing to offer. Yet this effort from Greg Norman Estates is a remarkable expression of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, and at a price you can actually afford. Way to go guys! Give this one a try.