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New Zealand, Rose, Villa Maria, Private Bin, Hawkes Bay, 2016

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N/ Steamed hay, bing cherry, jolly rancher candy, oyster shells, beach spray. Fresh wafts off a tidepool in a very pleasant way. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean lines of cherry, strawberry, and ripe cranberry. Nice mineral finish with a kiss of lime zest to trigger a mouthwatering good bye. Lovely. http://www.villamaria.co.nz/ Price = $15 N = […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Loveblock, Central Otago, 2013

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N/ Spicy oak. Dusty black cherry. Pepper. Flowers. Light game notes. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Berries, red fruits, and cherries. Multiple wood flavors. http://terlatowines.com/new-wines/new-zealand/loveblock/pinot-noir Alcohol 14% Price = $35ish N = A- T = B I = B Overall = B / B+ This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery. From the […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Gris, villa Maria, East Coast, Private Bin, 2015

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N/ Green apples, steamed hay, sun bleached river rocks, beach sand, fresh rain, wet cement. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Tart honeysuckle and crisp apple flavors dominate but light citrus, pear, and gooseberry flavors do play. Quite an unexpected complexity in the fruit profile compared with typical pinot gris. Soft mineral notes and another bite […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Villa Maria, Marlborough, 2015

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N/ All the cherries, earth, and light spice notes that you expect from a New Zealand pinot noir. Delivers. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice bing cherry and red berry flavors accompanied by earth and mineral in the right balance. http://www.villamariawine.com/ N = B+ T = B I = B+ Overall = B+ This wine was a […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Catalina Sounds, Marlborough, 2013

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N/ Berry medley, countryside wild herbs, and dry earth notes. Light cigar box / cedar wafts. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice acid pop but was hoping for just a tad more. Rich mixed berry and bing cherry flavors nicely intertwine with earth and herbal notes. Extended finish. http://catalinasounds.co.nz/our-wines/ Price = $19 N = B+ T = […]

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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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