2002 Villa Maria Estate Reserve Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $27, screw cap. New Zealand's third largest wine producer (behind Montana and Nobilo) has converted all production to screw caps. The winery's lineup is very dependable especially considering the very large size of production. This wine is a blend of the best clones from several vineyards in the Marlborough region. Aged 9 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Imported by Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL. · The aromatics feature strawberry, cinnamon, oak and a touch of alcohol. The Pinot fruits are nicely presented with a smooth mouth feel. The tannins are fine and the finish is of decent length and zip. Reviewed April 16, 2006

Winery: Villa Maria