Rowland Wild Thyme Vineyard, 2003

An obscure find from New Zealand, the 2003 Rowland Wild Thyme Vineyard Pinot Noir is a gem, and not to be passed up. At $25 a bottle, this wine has a flavor profile that bewilders anybody used to tasting Oregonian or French versions of this varietal. Bright cherries and earthiness on the nose, with more raspberries, hints of herb, and cedar in the mouth; light-bodied, with great balance and a lingering finish. This wine stands on its own, but would be a great companion to many a dish, including those with creamy sauces.


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