WINE REVIEW: Jules Taylor 2020 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand ($20)
by Andrew Chalk
As more New Zealand pinot noirs appear in the US market we are starting to form a picture of their organoleptic properties. In particular, New Zealand turned the character of sauvignon blanc on its head when they introduced it to the world years ago. Would New Zealand pinot noir be as distinctive?
The answer, insofar as it is represented by this example, is that New Zealand pinot noir is close in style to US Central Coast pinot noir. The fruit is ripe, the nose is herbaceous, the palate full of forward fruit and chewy tannins bound together with medium acid.
Approachability would be the word I would use to describe the overall impression of this wine. It is equally at home quaffed in front of a Hulu documentary on drug cartels and sipped aside a meal of turkey, pork, or veal.