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2005 Villa Maria Estate Pinot Noir Reserve Marlborough
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2007

($37) Good deep red. Pungent, perfumed nose offers red fruits, dried herbs and spices; very pinot. Sweet and spicy on the palate, with a sappy core of youthful red fruit complicated by a suggestion of illegal herbs. Very firm and light on its feet. Brisk acidity gives shape and grip to the sweet finish.

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New Zealand should be proud!
11/12/2007
by Umlauf12544570
I recently tried this wine at a wine festival. I found the wine crisp and refreshing. Very enjoyable even served a little cooler than it should it be. It's definitely a wine I can drink by itself or with a poultry dish.

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