Along with the other wines I picked up from Malivoire this year was a half dozen splits of their 2001 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir. This is a light tasting red, although it clocks in at 13.2% alcohol. It’s not hot on the tongue, not tannic, unfined and not oaky. So far, so good.
Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this wine. It’s got an overpowering cracked pepper nose, and vegetal green pepper flavour about it. A vegetal taste is a common flaw from grapes that have been picked too young, but this is the first time I’ve encountered a wine with this flaw so large and so apparent.