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Wine of the week: 2014 Nobilo Icon pinot noir

Marlborough, New Zealand



Retail $19-$20

New Zealand's 74-year-old Nobilo winery used pinot noir grapes from 11-year-old vineyards in Wairau Valley, especially in Waihopai Valley, to make this wine. Vines planted in alluvial soil over a clay base yield evenly ripened grapes with concentrated flavors. Daily temperature swings from hot days to cool nights allow ripening that supplies the wine's acid structure and well-balanced tannins. Destemmed fruit, including some uncrushed whole grapes, was fermented and cold-soaked for five days to extract flavor without excessive tannins. A mixture of wild and cultured yeast strains were added to enhance the complexity, and the juice fermented on the grape skins for 10 days. The wine went through malolactic fermentation and was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. In the glass, it offers aromas of cherry, chocolate and spice. On the palate, taste plum, currants, dark berries and good acidity. Drink it with grilled tuna, herb-crusted rack of lamb, broiled salmon, garlic and rosemary chicken, burgers and duck confit. Buy it at: Walgreens at 3227 Magazine St., Acquistapace's, and Rouses on Baronne Street, Airline Drive, Clearview Parkway and Park Place Drive in Covington. Drink it at: Tableau, Pardos, Forks & Corks and Tchoupstix Sushi & Grill.

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