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2014 Murdoch James New Zealand Pinot Noir

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This medium-bodied wine offers notes of red cherry, raspberry, red meat, cedar and a hint of tobacco.

Varietal: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2014
Brand: Murdoch James
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About This Wine

Martinborough is a picturesque town in the South Wairarapa Valley of New Zealand’s North Island.

One of the first wineries to be established there was the Murdoch James Estate. Roger and Jill Fraser planted Pinot Noir and Syrah grapevines on the river-stone terraces of the region more than two decades ago, with a focus on producing wines of distinction.

Murdoch James is named in memory of Roger Fraser’s father. Today, the winery is in the capable hands of Nicola Belsham, David Bloomfield and Joel Watson, who have chosen to maintain its name — and its reputation for quality. The vineyards enjoy premium soil conditions — a mixture of calciferous lime, clay and river silts.

True to their terroir, the wines of Murdoch James are rich and elegant, the 2014 Pinot Noir being a prime example. It’s medium-bodied with a slightly sweet impression, and winemaker Carl Fraser recommends serving it with a rare venison steak or barbecued lamb.

About Pinot Noir

Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
  • Grape Source:Martinborough Growing Region of New Zealand
  • Aromas & Flavors:Red Cherry, Raspberry, Red Meat, Cedar and a Hint of Tobacco
  • Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2019
  • Food Pairing Suggestion:roasted quail.

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    • Rating: 5

    This was by far my favorite wine I have received.

    9/21/2018 Diane F.
    • Freedom, PA
    • Rater Rank 80
    • Number of Ratings 16
    • Average 2.6
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    • Rating: 5

    Fairly good Pinot

    8/02/2018 Ronald F.
    • Lacey, WA
    • Rater Rank 233
    • Number of Ratings 9
    • Average 2.7
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    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    I’m not a pinot noir fan but this one was pretty good

    2/11/2018 Judyann W.
    • Hampton, VA
    • Rater Rank 1,521
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 3.5
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14 recipes match for this wine.

  • Mushroom Barley Stew A fruity red wine is the perfect match for this hearty recipe, which serves 4 to 6. MUSHROOM BARLEY STEW Ingredients - 1 T olive oil - 2 carrots, chopped... Get The Recipe
    Grenoble Style Salmon This recipe, which matches beautifully with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    Green Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette With almost any type of salad, we suggest Sauvignon Blanc as a well-matched wine. But because of the cranberry flavor featured in this recipe, you may want to try a wine that includes cranberry among its aromas and flavors. We tried it with a lighter-bodied Pinot Noir, and it turned out to be an intriguing and enticing combination. Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey, ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
  • Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
    Tomato Pesto Pasta A wonderful match with Cabernet Sauvignon, this recipe helps bring out the fruitful quality of the wine. It also matches nicely with other red wines, and serves 4. Get The Recipe
    Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir, Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    The Perfect Potatoes With the holidays on the horizon, several ACWC members have asked us for recipes to accompany main dishes such as turkey, ham. Here's one we love - and it can even be a meal in itself, served with a glass of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir. It makes 6 to 8 servings... Get The Recipe
  • Smoked Duck A La Orange Just in case this year's California wildfires impart a smoky flavor to vintage 2008 wines, here's a recipe that will match up nicely. Otherwise, try this dish - developed by Garre Winery Executive Chef Ty Turner -- with naturally smoky wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Syrah. Get The Recipe
    Herb Crusted Tuna Steaks This recipe is extremely versatile, matching well with most white and lighter red wines. It makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Pinot Noir Sauce Try this flavorful sauce over lambprime rib, and serve with Pinot Noir, Malbec red blend... Get The Recipe
    Balsamic Maple Glazed Salmon Try this recipe, which makes 4 servings, with Pinot Noir, Syrah. Get The Recipe
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