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93 • Brancott 2007 "Terraces", Pinot Noir, Marlborough $32.
Deep garnet violet color. Mixed berry pie, praline, and spice aromas follow through on a rich, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with layers of ripe berry flavors supported by zesty, mouthwatering acidity. Finishes with long, refreshing spice and toffee fade with silky tannins. A smooth, flavorful, and delicious pinot for sipping or the table; try with duck a l'orange or salmon teriyaki. (tasted on Dec-06-2008)
90 • Kennedy Point 2007 Pinot Noir, Waiheke Island $28.95.
Rich garnet color. Toasted marshmallow, raspberry tart, and light toffee aromas follow through on a satiny, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a touch of pencil shavings. Finishes with a crisp, baked berry, nutskin, pork fat, and lightly chewy tannin fade. A dry, deep and approachable pinot for the table; pair with roasted duck. (tasted on Dec-06-2008)
88 • Catalina Sounds 2007 Pinot Noir, Nelson $20. Cellar Selection.
Pretty deep garnet violet color. Aromas of berry soufflé, citrus marmalade, and butter toasted nuts follow through on a ripe, juicy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium with pencil shaving and slate notes. Finishes with a crisp, tangy powdery tannin fade. Give this a year in the cellar. (tasted on Dec-06-2008)
88 • Brancott 2007 Pinot Noir, South Island $16. Best Buy.
Beautiful deep ruby color. Raspberry jam, cocoa, and roasted nut aromas follow through on a silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with good depth of tangy red berry skins, lively acidity and light tannins on the crisp finish. (tasted on Dec-06-2008)
87 • Stoneleigh 2007 Pinot Noir, Marlborough $16. Best Buy.
Brilliant garnet color with a purple cast. Shy aromas of dried berries and vanilla taffy. A juicy entry follows through crisp, breezy entry to a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body with tart red berry skin, graphite, and nutshell notes. Finishes with a brisk, lightly pithy fruit and oak tannin fade. (tasted on Dec-06-2008)
86 • Brancott 2006 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Marlborough $21.|Find-a-Wine|
Bright garnet color. Raspberry pie crust and light baking soda and spice aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish medium body with a soft, nutshell note and a dried berry and firm, powdery tannin fade. (tasted on Dec-06-2008)