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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Loveblock, Central Otago, 2012

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N/ She leads with spice, lovely wood notes, and violets. Cherry and black cherry bathed in exotic spices. Black pepper, paprika, and bacon. Smoky dust. And then more lovely bacon. Really lovely. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Cherry, red berries, and a little cranberry pucker. Soft wood and earth notes. Clean mineral flavors on her close. http://loveblockwine.com/ http://terlatowines.com/new-wines/new-zealand/loveblock Price […]

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Jackson Estate, Stich, Marlborough, Wairau Valley, 2013

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N/ Gooseberry, light cat, honeysuckle, bright citrus zest, fresh rain, green herbs, oyster shells, wet rocks. Oh my. Very nice. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Delightful lime and lemon zest flavors dance on mouthwatering acids. Clean. Alive. Herbal notes and minerals abound on her close. A job well done. This is how I want my New […]

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Dashwood, Marlborough, 2013

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N/ 5 out of 10 on my cat aroma scale. Which would be nice for a whole lot of folks, but just a bit high for my personal preference. Gooseberries, honeysuckle, and sun bleached rocks are nice though. T/ Medium mouthfeel. She starts with a nice lime and honeysuckle tartness, then proceeds into some light yellow […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Goldwater, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, 2012

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N/ Spice, nutmeg, BBQ smoke, and rock dust hover over cherry and black cherry notes. Hint of forest floor. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium acid work… was hoping for just a bit more dance. Warm cherry and black cherry notes. Smoked meats and wood. Mouthwatering, extended mineral and cherry finish. http://www.pasternakwine.com/ Alcohol = 13.5% Price = […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Villa Maria, Private Bin, Marlborough, 2011

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N/ Soft, round wafts of cherries and cranberries. Fairly simple for first hour, but then she gives up nice rose scents, violets, forest floor, wild herbs, and a hint of nutmeg. Quite a transformation, and well worth the wait. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. She starts softly, with a decent amount of mouthwatering acids, but not […]

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria, Private Bin, Marlborough, 2012

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N/ Negatives = Her cat wafts knocked me back a lot for the first 20 minutes, but then tamed to about a 7/10 on my cat/aroma scale. Normally far too much for me, but the rest of this wine’s attributes made up for it. (I also know that many people seem to enjoy that smell, […]

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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Nadine Worley, Mud House Wines, Marlborough, Central Otago, Waipara Valley, New Zealand

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I love discovering the personal sides to winemakers. In fact, this is the seventh installment of my “Winemaker Spotlight” series, and I do not see any signs of slowing regarding my passion for this topic. I chose to start this project with all women winecrafters because most of the great wines I’ve been enjoying of […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Gris, Mt. Beautiful, North Canterbury, 2011

N/ Extremely clean, sunbleached rocks, freshly harvested yellow grasses, and slightly chlorinated spring water. This smells like I would imagine a dry rocky riverbed would right after a fresh rain. Delightful. T/ She starts very clean, with a nice mineral presence right out of the gate. Angular yellow fruits, citrus zest, and yellow grass flavors […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Goldwater, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, 2010

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N/ Spicier then the legions of California Pinot Noir I’ve drank over the last weeks, and delightfully smokier. A dusty, pleasant, cherry and black tea nose. Crushed flint and gunpowder. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Dusty blackcherry, bing cherry, and a touch of ripe cranberry. A fuzzy minerality. However she straightened up with some clean, […]

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Goldwater, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, 2010

N/ Medium-high ammonia, gooseberries. Powerful green grasses, grapefruit, sharp gunflint.  (B / B+) T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice acid pop, mouthwatering. Green, crisp grasses steeped with passion fruit juice and citrus. A delightful minerality, one of those “licking a wet river rock” tastes. Long finish, almost too long… getting into “aftertaste” zone… (A-) Too much ammonia […]

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Vavasour Wines, Dashwood, Marlborough, 2010

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N/ Crisp, invasive green grasses and lime zest. Medium-high gooseberry and ammonia wafts. Crushed, acidic, granite. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Acid explosion. Crisp, clean, angular passion fruit and rock juice. Grass and bell pepper, the later unfortunately lasting too long. http://www.dashwoodwine.co.nz/ Notes: – If you are not a fan of hard / herbal Sauvignon Blancs, you […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Mt. Beautiful, Teece Family Vineyards, North Canterbury, 2008

N/ Warm, dry woods. Wonderful smoked bacon. Cloves. Hay. Crushed granite. Phenomenal nose. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Very clean. Medium-high acid. Medium intensity fruits – ripe raspberries and cherries. Nice layers and structure. Elegant. Wonderful drinking! Price = $25 Brilliant +. 94 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Mt. Beautiful, Teece Family Vineyards, North Canterbury, 2009

N/ Warm hay. Sharp, green grasses. Medium-strong cat urine. Austere fruits. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Warm, but angular, tropicals and grapefruits. Salty at the beginning, but that tamed after 15 mins. Striaghtfoward and no mistaking for anything other than Sauvignon Blanc. Price = $20 Very Good. 87 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by […]

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New Zealand, Riesling, Mt. Beautiful, Teece Family Vineyards, North Canterbury, 2008

N/ River stones glazed with light petroleum oil. Light hay. Distant citrus. Wonderful. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium high oiliness. Nice apple pucker. Light, non-cloying, pear juice. Retail = $25 Brilliant. 93 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Kim Crawford, Marlborough, 2008

N/ Warm rust. Red dirt. Cranberry. Raspberry. Hardwoods. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Hard cranberries. High acid. Savory, but not enough structure. Very Good. 88

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Cupcake Vineyards, Marlborough, 2009

A California winery using New Zealand grapes… N/ Light on the normal cat pee Sauvignon Blanc signature. Pure, clean spring water. Fresh hay. Light sunshine and lemons. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Light yellow fruits will lime zest. Quite dry but full flavored. Very nice acid work. A delightful SB. Winemaker  = Adam Richardson Retail $13.99. Very […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Kusuda, Martinborough, 2006

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Fascinating wine and story on this one… grownin Martinborough by a fastidious Japanese family.N/ Candied oak. Deep and ripe plums and berries.T/ Medium mouthfeel. Purple fruit bomb if you give ittime to develop. Nicely integrated woods. Clean, long finish. Great craftsmanship to be sure.Note: Very limited production, mostly sent to Japan.  If youare lucky enough to find it may cost around […]

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