March 30, 2008

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Pinot Noir

Saint Clair Pinot Noir
Originally uploaded by jeff+caroline
I was on a quest to find a wine my cedar plank salmon wouldn't overpower. The Saint Clair Sawcut 4 Pinot Noir, along with reducing some pepper, garlic, and shallots, seemed to work, but wasn't perfect. Pre-dinner, there were rave reviews but the spicy fish did take away from the complexities. Immediate flavors of black cherries & plum...even a cherry cola flavor. Oaky finish. For $22 at Costco, I expected a bit better, but still a solid 7.5/10 rating. Another "tin top" from NZ with good marks.

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