Monday, November 16, 2009

Creek of the Week: Jacob's Creek Reserve Pinot Noir 2007

2007 was a tricky year for Pinot Noir in the Adelaide Hills. Low yields of rainfall and high temperatures resulted in a small, but high quality crop of Pinot Noir grapes. Fortunately, that led to an intensely aromatic, fruit driven and balanced wine.

Medium red in color, the 2007 Pinot Noir has characteristic aromas and flavors of red fruits, particularly cherries, with a hint of herbs. Unlike some Australian Pinot Noir, there is no sign of an overpowering and unappetizing Eucalyptus to inhibit the fresh flavors of strawberry and rhubarb with sweet cherries.

Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with traditional spices of the season: clove, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and nutmeg and also the earthy flavors of peppercorn, mushroom and coriander. As a result, the Jacob's Creek Reserve Pinot Noir is a great match for this time of year.

So grab a bottle, cozy up by a warm fire with your favorite seasonal comfort food and enjoy!

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