Review of the Amisfield Pinot Noir 2006 from Central Otago, New Zealand
Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara and Willamette Valley may face the fan craze often received by teen heartthrobs like Zac Efron, but we beg you to explore the up and coming region of Central Otago, New Zealand for a real Pinot treat. To SwirlSavvy, it has all the allure of "It Boy" actor, Shia Laboeuf, with his much heralded potential as the next big action hero. And the one "It" Pinot Noir to check out from Central Otago is the 2006 Amisfield. Like Laboeuf's turns in Transformers and Indiana Jones, the Amisfield Pinot Noir has received top-notch accolades including its mention as one of Food & Wine magazine's Top 30 Pinot Noirs. The earthiness of the Amisfield Pinot is balanced by smooth, silky tannins - another reason to compare it to Shia's young good looks and gritty bad boy attitude. The wine has the structure to age well, like Shia whose potential is remarked upon often - if only he keeps out of trouble's inviting hand.