Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
A perfumed bouquet of ripe red cherries and berry fruits - hallmarks of Marlborough Pinot Noir. On the palate the wine displays ripe fruit with complex savoury, subtle herb and spice elements. Soft, silky supple tannins provide structure and definition, yet also allow for the wine to show Pinot Noir fruit purity, enabling it to be consumed young.
Wine Enthusiast - "Well priced for the quality, Villa Maria's entry-level Pinot Noir delivers moderately assertive notes of dried leaves, black cherries, cola and oaky spices. It's concentrated and gently mouth-filling, with a silky finish. Editors' Choice."
International Wine Cellar - "Medium red. Sappy aromas of red cherry, raspberry and spices are lifted by a violet topnote. Firm and tangy, with vibrant acidity giving energy and grip to the spicy, savory mid-palate. Not yet pliant but brisk and long for a pinot in this price range. With its firm tannins, this should really bite into fatty meats and charcuterie. "
Villa Maria Winery
The Villa Maria story is one of absolute passion. Each wine is crafted in the unique, fruit-driven style of New Zealand, showcasing the very best of the country’s distinct wine regions. Villa Maria sources grapes from New Zealand’s premium grape growing regions, including Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, and produces wines in state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in Auckland and Marlborough. The winery Sir George Fistonich started in 1961 is still family owned and stands as an icon of superior quality and innovation in New Zealand winemaking. Villa Maria was also the first wine company in New Zealand to declare the winery a “cork-free zone,” sealing all wines from the 2001 vintage onwards with a screw cap to ensure quality in every bottle. Dedicated to minimizing environmental impact, Villa Maria has pioneered sustainable viticulture and winemaking since the 1990s, and is one of the very few wineries that have acquired four certifications as proof of the on-going commitment. In 2015, Drinks International named Villa Maria the most admired wine brand in New Zealand and fourth most admired wine brand in the word. View all Villa Maria Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewColin Johnson - Albuquerque, NM41/17/2013
Definitely perfumey with sharp acidity, Silky on the mid. Great nose of cherry starburst and tangy strawberry. Reminds me a lot of a 09 bottle of Moillard Hautes Cotes de Nuits burgundy. Not a big pinot but packs a punch. I was overly impressed as I bought this bottle in December '12 for 11$ USD.
- Light & Fruity
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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