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2007 Villa Maria Estate Pinot Noir Taylors Pass Vineyard Marlborough
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88 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2009

($50) Good deep ruby-red. Pungent black cherry aroma. Supple and sweet but showing less nuance today than the Reserve bottling, with the spicy oak component carrying through to the back end. A distinctly dry and uncompromising pinot.

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

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