Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bay of Fires Tigress Pinot Noir 2005

Bay of Fires is a Tasmanian winery that also produces the delicious Sauvignon Blanc I reviewed a few days ago. Here's Kelly's note: "This wine is what I think of as classic Australian Pinot. It is smooth and flavourful, with well balanced earth and fruit elements. It's really difficult for me to name particular flavours b/c this wine for me is just Pinot; but here goes: wild strawberries in a damp evergreen forest begin in a luscious nose and follow through on the palate. Firm tannins, long. Probably I'm rating it a bit high b/c tasty pinot isn't that easy to come by: Score 91."

I agree that 91 may be a bit high - it doesn't have a lot of complexity. But on the other hand, tasty Pinot is hard to come by. . . Too bad I don't see Bay of Fires represented on the wine list for this year's Wine Expo.

PS - Now Kelly says Tancred was right. This wine doesn't really deserve a 91 - rampant grade inflation is already at work. So, new score = 89

Price: Approx $30
Value: 4/5
Score: 89
Tasted: Sept 2008
ANBL UPC: No longer listed

1 comment:

  1. i found the bay of fires pinot to be fairly representative of the tasmanian style but by no means at the top of the range of what is produced on the island. solid but not great.