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Cobblestone 2009 Pinot Noir "Te Muna" - Review

Martinborough, New Zealand

Our Selection for Wine of the Week February 27, 2012

A bottle of Cobblestone 2009 Pinot Noir Te Muna, our wine of the week

2009 Pinot Noir "Te Muna"

Martinborough, NZ

Cobblestone is a California winery making New Zealand Pinot Noir. The Cobblestone estate was established in 1971 by Saul Levine and his wife Anita. After successfully planting 50 acres in Monterey's Arroyo Seco appellation, the Levines looked to expand Cobblestone's vineyard holdings. So they purchased a property in Napa's Atlas Peak region, followed by another in New Zealand that they deemed perfect for Pinot Noir. Although it requires an enormous amount of travel and coordination, the Levines believe that growing their grapes in these three specific environments is the best way to produce three distinct varietals: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The 2009 "Te Muna" Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied wine boasting racy acidity. Its aromas hint at bright red cherry, blackberry and currant as well as black licorice and forest floor. Up front, its flavor is cherry and red raspberry with sophisticated herbal notes and pleasant but subtle wet stone on the lengthy finish. Try it with an herb-rubbed roast loin of pork, seared duck breast with cherry sauce or a hearty fish stew. After dinner, serve it with a plate of soft goat's cheese with dried cherries and apricots.

Rating: 14.5/20

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