Mile High's "Wine of the Week": May 31st
Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
Regular Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $14.99
Sale End: 6/3/2018
Score: 90 Points Burghound & 90 Points Wilfred Wong
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New Zealand’s Central Otago Valley is widely regarded as one of the finest places on earth to grow Pinot Noir grapes. The long days and cool nights provide the delicate fruit with the opportunity to develop wonderful ripeness without becoming overly boozy like some California Pinots can. This week’s special, the 2014 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir, is such an engaging bottle to drink offering you a window into the soul of cool climate modern winemaking. Alluring scents of rose petals, damp cedar, toasted brioche, and black currant liqueur quicken your pulse and start your mouth watering for that first, telltale sip. And, yes, it is lovely to sip. The evidence of New Zealand’s cool climate is immediately evident on the palate with a bold splash of pomegranate and red cherry leading the charge. As those zesty red berry flavors begin to fade brilliant hints of dried orange zest, Provencal bouquet garni, and raspberry ginger syrup nudge their way into focus as the wine races toward the finish. Despite being a 2014, the Pinot feels as fresh as ever (thanks, I imagine, to the screw top closure) with a zesty mouthfeel that really makes your mouth water for a bite of food. Pairing it with marinated grilled portabella mushrooms and a simple fresh arugula salad dressed with a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette will create the kind of late Spring food and wine pairing that is sure to be a home run at your next al fresco dinner party. Please pass by the shop this evening to taste this delicious bottle for free. We think you are going to love it!
Food Pairing:This lively Central Otago Pinot is built for warm weather sipping. It is fresh and full of fruit with a playful style that is going to pair up really nicely with a wide range of late spring meals. Lately I’ve been putting some mini portobella mushrooms into a marinade consisting of red wine vinegar, olive oil, s&p, and herbs d’provence. After they marinate for an hour or so I skewer them and grill them off over high heat. We love to serve them with a really simple arugula salad dressed with a raspberry infused balsamic vinaigrette and topped with a bit of fresh goat cheese. I haven’t tried it yet with the Innocent Bystander, but you can bet I will be this weekend!
You MUST mention this special or print it out to receive the price on the above wine.
This price expires 6/3/2018 at 6pm and is limited to in-store quantities.
No rain checks given. Call (303) 936-0272 to reserve bottles with a credit card.