Generally, all wine lovers will notice their palates evolve with age and drinking experience. People tend to start with sweet wines like Riesling or Moscato, graduate to fruity wines like Zinfandel or Malbec, then move on to bolder wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. Eventually, most wine drinkers find themselves appreciating elegant, nuanced wines like Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir, however, is a fickle grape. Thin-skinned and very sensitive to its environment, Pinot Noir grapes are challenging to cultivate and require exacting precision to vinify. Because of the many things that can go wrong in producing Pinot Noir wine, it is difficult to find quality options for under CI$30.
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, regularly priced at CI$27.40 at West Indies Wine Company, is one example of quality at a good price.
This rich and complex Pinot Noir from the Marlborough wine region on New Zealand’s South Island offers flavours of ripe blackberries, black cherries and plums. It also has nuances of earthiness and spice, to go with a lengthy finish.
Its velvety tannins make it ideal for drinking on its own, or paired with lamb, tuna or salmon.
During the month of April, Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir is going to be offered at West Indies Wine Company for an even better than normal price of CI$21.99. This presents a perfect opportunity for those with evolved wine palates to enjoy a quality Pinot Noir, or for those who still have an evolving palate to see what the future has in store for their taste buds.