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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, Wild Rock, Cupids Arrow, 2008

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N/ Cherry. Floral. The copper one can smell in blood – in a very good way. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean. Rich cherries.  Light earth.  Elegance. Retail about $17. Love this… What a deal! Astounding95

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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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