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2005 Cloudy Bay Vineyards Pinot Noir Marlborough
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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2007

($26) Medium red. Aromas of redcurrant, wild strawberry and spicy oak, lifted by a subtle floral nuance. A graceful, elegant style of pinot noir, conveying an impression of intensity without weight and a juicy precision to its strawberry and spice flavors. Finishes dry and understated, with sneaky persistence. (Moet Hennessy USA, New York, NY)

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