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2009 Escarpment Kiwa Pinot Noir Martinborough
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2010

($55) Medium red. Very ripe, almost liqueur-like nose suggests spices, earth and smoky minerality. Smooth and savory in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness to the captivating blend of ripe red fruits and meaty beefsteak tomato. Concentrated, pliant, lush wine with a sweet, palate-coating finish featuring surprising delineation. This very ripe wine is made from 28-year-old pinot vines.

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