Brancott Reserve Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
Garnet red in color, this wine exhibits ripe cherry and spice accentuated with rich plum and savory highlights. It has a rich, sweet approach displaying ripe dark berry fruits, subtle oak spice, velvety tannins and a long, concentrated finish.
This wine's structure and concentration make it an ideal match for a wide range of foods. It will match well with field mushroom pasta or risotto. It also lends itself to rare, grilled red meats or a variety of slow cooked casseroles including game meats, such as rabbit or fowl.
Wine & Spirits - "The 2006 Marlborough Reserve is a blend of some of the best lots that do not go into the single-vineayard wines, a silken Pinot in 2006 with layers of transparent spice, umami mushroom and forest floor scents. It is an impressive Pinot from a large producer, and it would be delicious with roast arctic char and roast hen-of-the-woods on the side."
The Brancott Winery opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest wineries in Marlborough. From producing one of the world's first grape tipping tanks, the winery has stayed true to its pioneering herigate and embraced innovation. It was one of the first to commercially plant Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough in 1973, at the top of New Zealand's South Island and has been heavily instrumental in developing the region as one of the foremost viticultural regions for Sauvignon Blanc world-wide. At present, Brancott Estate continues to lead with its innovative winemaking approach and passionate commitment to excellence under the stewardship of chief winemaker, Patrick Materman. View all Brancott Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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15 ratings, 11 with reviewsTexmex627 - Irving, TX46/11/2010I have been to New Zealand Wine areas a few times and buy Sav Bl, Chard, & Pinot Gris & Noirs. NZ has some of the best buys on the globe and this is one of them.Sharma - Omaha, NE46/11/2010we like a lighter red for spring/summer; this has nice flavor and went well with a seasoned chicken dish and a pepper steak dishHealliam - Las Vegas, NV11/30/201241/19/2012
7 no very strong nose and taste, fruity, tons of earth, so good and sensual, silk texture, medium-light body, medium finish, too expensive thoughBrian Gallagher - Merrimack, NH35/8/2010henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL28/11/2011Mary R - Huntersville, NC57/8/200931/1/2011Pleasant enough, but seemed a bit "wimpy" or watery. Not the complexity I was hoping for.41/27/2010Sure, it's hard to find a very good pinot at a reasonable price. This stacks up with bottles going for twice the cost. Very soft on the palate with reserved dark fruit. A bit of mineral and earth on the back gives it a little maturity. Layered, but lacking the depth of top flight pinots, it's still very good and a steal at this priceOregonWineSnob - Beaverton, OR32/5/2010Light, watery, and acidic... have not really found any pinot that I love, maybe because my favorites are malbec, merlot, and cab in that order. This pinot was not as good as many bar house merlot's. Have other Pinot's to try and like the free shipping for $49 per year, great deal. This was my first bottle out of 17 I ordered so onward and upward.31/21/2010Rather ordinary but somewhat typical of Pinot Noirs which I've found to be a very challenging wine for vintners.dedalus2222 - Philadelphia, PA26/24/2010this one's dead (6/2010)Leslie Bottoms - Houston, TX36/22/2010Already showing signs of age in color and flavor. Would have been better 12 months ago. Drink up!46/22/2010I am certainly not a wine expert and I believe that taste is personal, but, for the price this Pinot was excellent.Jason Carey - Oakland, CA41/11/2010This is a steal for the price. Not an earth-shattering Grand Cru Burgundy, but a very good elegant New World Pinot with real flavor , beats many 25 dollar Pinots
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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