Seaside Cellars, Pinot Noir

Style:  Medium-bodied Red                       Vintage: 2016                         ABV: 12.5%

Appellation: Marlborough                         Varietal: Pinot Noir

Region: Marlborough                                 County:  New Zealand

Pairings: Lamb and duck are great options for this New Zealand Pinot Noir. It also works well with richer fish like tuna and salmon and with game, including venison and hare. Hearty salads with a bean base work well or a spinach base work well, and it is beautiful with mushroom risotto.

Avoid pairing fresh raw seafood like oysters with Pinot Noir, and delicate seafood such as scallops unless a rich sauce with something like mushroom is added to boost them. Pinot Noir does not go well with acidic dishes, nor does it work well with herbs like tarragon.

Cheese Pairings: Cheeses with earthy, mushroom and herbal flavors will make for a great matching with Pinot, particularly an aged Camembert style.

About This Wine: Those who prefer their Pinot on the earthy, funky side will dig this version. The ripe red-cherry and strawberry fruits still dominate, but a strong line of secondary characters—meat, graphite, vineyard floor and a green leafy note—is hard to miss. The palate isn't what you'd call generous, but it's again laced with heaps of interesting sappy stony savory nuances, held together by a tight fistful (or mouthful) of drying angular tannins. – Wine Enthusiast