Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
Shows prominent black cherry and boysenberry aromas, with rose petal, bark, and fresh mint notes. Rich oak, mushroom, soy and dried herb palate flavors are intriguing, adding complexity to the sweet, dark-fruited core.
The Wine Advocate - "Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir has a pretty cherry, red berry and lavender nose scented by some underbrush and toast. Medium-bodied the good core of fruit is framed with crisp acid and low to medium levels of very finely grained tannins before finishing long.
James Suckling - "Very pretty strawberry and hints of spice on the nose. Full body, with medium tannins and a reserved finish. Linear through the palate. Shows tension. Drink or hold. Screw cap. "
Craggy Range Winery
From the beginning, Craggy Range Winery has some great land and vineyards and a wonderful home in which to weave the strands together. The first wines made in the 1999 vintage are from small parcels of mature vineyards in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The wines show the character of the vineyards and the Craggy Range philosophy of wine both inside and outside the bottle. In time, as the vines mature on their own estates, the wines of Craggy Range Winery will without doubt express their origin and the commitment and skill of their people. View all Craggy Range Winery Wines
About MartinboroughView a map of Martinborough wineries (mahr-tin-bore-ooh)
Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Martinborough is just across the strait from Marlborough. Martinborough is a town, as well as a region within Wairarapa, which, in turn, is located within the region of Wellington. Just to add more confusion, Wellington is also the name of the city there, the capital of New Zealand. Sometimes the names of these three regions are interchanged, but know that all three names mean the wine has come from the bottom tip of New Zealand's North Island.
Notable FactsThe grape making the most splash from the area is Pinot Noir. It is the region's most planted variety and the one getting the most attention. However, being that it's the neighbor of Sauvignon Blanc land, Marlborough, it uses these climate similarities to produce delicious wines from that grape as well.
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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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsRob Guimaraes - Nashville, TN511/18/2014
Unless seriously discussing potential sulfur issues, no one suggesting a wine is compromised by its screwcap ought to be drinking anything above $10. Period. Pair With: Someone capable of gauging the quality of a wine by what's in the bottle and not solely its enclosure.burnssteve - Anchorage, AK18/12/2014Very disappointing. An OK wine, drinkable but I was expecting (hoping) for a much better wine. The screw top instead of a cork was definitely not expected and took away from the wine.
- Light & Fruity
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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