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2006 Cloudy Bay Vineyards Pinot Noir Marlborough
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87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2008

($35) Medium red. Plum, cherry and oak spices on the nose. The moderately ripe and intense red fruit and spice flavors convey a restrained sweetness, as well as a distinct oakiness. Finishes clean, with decent grip. (Moet Hennessy USA, New York, NY)

89 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by gamay13497159
Although it had a good nose when first opened, the initial taste indicated a need for it set and breath for a while in order for it to open up. However, after one hour or more the wine still had a rather flat uninteresting character or should we say no real character at all. In summary the wine had no complexity for it's relative value.


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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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