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2014 Lay of the Land Ben Morven Farm Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $N/A (out of stock at time of review), screwcap. Imported by, Napa, CA. The winemaker, Mike Paterson, was the head winemaker for ten years at a leading Marlborough Winery. Sourced from a non-irrigated, dry-farmed single vineyard. 20% whole cluster. Extra long 25 days on the skins. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, 10% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Both fruity and savory on the nose, with scents of cherry, strawberry, spice, woodland and earthy flora. Light to mid weight flavors of black cherry and raspberry are gently enhanced with oak. An easy drinking, forward style that becomes more savory over time in the glass, offering an earthy and herbal thread in the background. The wine finishes on a slightly tart and juicy cranberry note. Score: 89. Reviewed February 26, 2016 ARTICLE »

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