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.
"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."
"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.
International Wine Cellar
Light & Fruity
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.