2008 Villa Maria Pinot Noir Private Bin

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Villa Maria
Variety: Pinot Noir
Designation: Private Bin
Region: New Zealand
Sub-region: Marlborough
ABV: 13.6%
Price: $24 (BC LDB)

He says: a simple Pinot Noir, held back by its lackluster feel in the mouth. Alcohol is unbalanced and hot. Really disappointing for New Zealand which hangs it’s hat on the best value-priced Pinot Noir. I was hoping for more complexity, and a lot more ripeness of fruit. Disappointing.

She says: This has, “Marlborough should stick to whites and let Central Otago do what they do best” written all over it.  It did not do a good job of selling Marlborough as a quality pinot region.  The jury is definitely still out on this one.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, Med- ruby colour
Smells like: Youthful, Med- intensity, red fruit, sour cherry, a bit medicinal (like cough syrup), very closed and lacking
Tastes like: Dry, med acid, med- body, med- tannin, med intensity, med+ alcohol (unbalanced), unripe red fruit, sour cherry, med- length
Summary: Acceptable to good, Ready to drink/can keep

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★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.