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2009 Cloudy Bay Vineyards Pinot Noir Marlborough
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2012

Moderately saturated medium red.  Reduced, soil-inflected nose offers red fruits and pungent smoky minerality.  Sweet, pliant and concentrated, with a distinctly saline quality to the complex flavors of cherry, raspberry and underbrush.  Tactile, full pinot with an enticing balance of sweetness and acidity.  Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and very good length.  Plenty of early appeal here, even if there's no rush to drink this.

87 Points | Wine Spectator

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