Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir

Innocent Bystander
Pinot Noir
Healesville, Victoria, Australia
$14.98 -- Wine Library, Springfield, NJ

Color: Medium garnet
Nose: Cherry, meat, chocolate
Body: Medium
Front: Raspberry
Middle: Chocolate-covered cherry cola
Back: Espresso, but very soft tannins
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Screwcap

Undoubtedly bearing one of the grimmest wine labels ever, this wine is nonetheless a real joy, and a shock. The shock has to do with the price of entry, which is low for a Pinot these days. The flavor is delightful: not super-complex, it's no Vosne-Romanee or Amour Fou. But it's balanced, tasty, interesting enough, and elegant. A mixture of grapes from eight different vineyards, this is a testament to its winemaker. Good with grilled lamb and, surprisingly perhaps, watermelon. I'm gonna get more: this bottle, if not its label, will make many guests happy!