92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2006
($65) Palish red. Vibrant nose offers strawberry, spices, cola and white pepper. Plump, sweet, round and full. The dark raspberry, strawberry and pepper flavors are lush and seamless. Very fleshy and long wine, and a bit more primary than the excellent 2003 version. The alcohol of 14.4% is at the high end for a Littorai pinot, but this wine has more than enough material to support it.
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