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Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Pinot Noir 2016

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There are 4 user submitted reviews for this wine.

Cherie Cole rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This is a very pretty wine with cherry and raspberry flavours followed by earthy and smokey notes. Soft, approachable and ready to drink. Pair with grilled salmon. Tasted September 2017 with winemaker Simon Fell.
Melanie Lloyd rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This fruit-forward wine has aromas of ripe strawberries, cherries, and violet. It also has hints of vanilla, herbs, and smoke and has a gamey quality.

There are tart red berries on the palate, with silky tannins and a slight bitter finish.

Tasted September 2017
Andrea Shapiro rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Pale ruby colour with red berries, strawberry and herbs. Generous wet leaf and forest floor underbrush notes. Tart cherry, cranberry, forest floor and mushroom flavours co-operate with the grippy fungi elements are found. Light bodied and elegant. Grippy and chewy with some vegetal notes. Serve lightly chilled for a perfect summer sipper. Pair with shrimp and scallop cevice, grilled rainbow trout and herb crusted mushroom chicken.
Sylvain Segard rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

Medium ruby colour. Cherry aroma with a pleasant touch of black pepper, violets, and dry herbs. A fruit-forward Pinot Noir with soft tannins. A balanced wine with little complexity. Score 86. (S.Segard, reviewed Sept. 25, 2017)

Natalie's Review

Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Pinot Noir 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand: A supple, silky smooth New Zealand Pinot Noir featuring aromas of ripe berry fruit and spice. Medium-bodied with plush tannins. Racy acidity for roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2016-2020. 146548 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 4, 2017 Top Rated Red Wine. Delightful Duck Wine  Full Review




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