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Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014: Beauty in a Glass

This garnet colored beauty in a glass is my favorite Pinot Noir so far this year.  Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014 is the wine I want to be when I grow up.

Thank you to Cloudy Bay for providing a complimentary bottle of wine.  All opinions are my own.

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014 bottle with wine glass

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014

With clean, elegant notes of rose, plum, and citrus, Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014 is a medium-bodied wine that’s juicy on the palate in a way that will remind you of cranberries and pomegranates.

Its gem-like garnet color glows in the glass.  I have a dislike for wines with unnaturally purple hues, so I found this pretty Pinot Noir refreshing to the eye.

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014 color in a wine glass

Here’s how the winemaker describes the palate and the nose:

Powerful bouquet and a wide selection of flavours, from the lighter spectrum of rose, violet and ripe berry fruit to dark cherry with a hint of luscious plum.  A seamless structure and concentrated palate, framed with ripe silky tannins and complex spicy oak and herbal notes. Long, fleshy and lithe.

Crafted in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, this wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months.  You can taste the oak, but it’s just right: not too soft, not too strong.  Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014 is capped with a no-fuss, no-muss screwtop closure and is recommended to be served between 57 and 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014 Label Closeup

Available at wine retailers for under $50.  Try it with Prosciutto and Brie or a Prosciutto Goat Cheese Tart.

Shop for Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir here.