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Wild Rock Cupids Arrow Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
    14.4% ABV
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    14.4% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Limpid garnet color with crimson hues. Lifted cherry and raspberry fruits mesh with wild thyme, gun-smoke, and cinnamon notes. The palate has fine silky tannins that envelop the ripe fruit and provide the texture for a long, complex finish.

    This wine pairs with lamb, duck and mushroom dishes.

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    Wild Rock, Central Otago, New Zealand
    2009 Cupids Arrow Pinot Noir
    When we started Wild Rock, we promised ourselves that we were going to make some of New Zealand's most distinctive and affordable wines. We weren't going to be insular. We weren't going to hunker down in one place and just make the best wines that we could from that place. Oh no. What we wanted to produce - and what we do produce - are wines that represent the best flavours of New Zealand, from north to south, east to west.

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    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

    RPT78445398_2009 Item# 117561

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