Saturday, January 28, 2012

Coopers Creek 2008 Marlborough Pinot Gris

December 11 Vino 008

After the second glass of this wine, Green Dragon commented that it “didn’t taste like the other Sauvignon Blancs.” With good reason.

This wine is a horse of another color, unlike the Sauvignon Blanc for which this New Zealand region is well known.

The Coopers Creek Pinot Gris is full bodied with a dusky gold color. It is a fine example of the Pinot Gris style, which has more stoutness than lighter, fruiter Pinot Gris although made from the same grape.

Exotic with flavor notes of pear, this wine has a thread of earthiness that adds to its refreshing character. There are undertones of minerality. It has 13% alcohol.

Coopers Creek is a family owned winery that began operation in 1980. Eighty percent of their wine is sold outside New Zealand in more than 25 countries.

It is a refreshing wine that has gained complexity since we first tried it more than a year ago.

Rating: 3 of 5

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