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2006 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir Prima Donna Waipara Valley
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92(+?)? Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2009

($80) Good deep, bright red. Dark raspberry and spice aromas complicated by leather and game nuances. Juicy, tightly coiled and penetrating, with a slightly liqueur-like black cherry flavor framed and lifted by dusty minerality. Conveys a stronger impression of acidity and structure than the 2007 Waipara bottling, but with just enough balancing sweetness of fruit. The sappy, deep finish features lovely lift and length. (Meadowbank Estates, Alexandria, VA)

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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