Had a Glass: 2010 Elephant Hill Pinot Noir

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He says: This is a solid Pinot Noir, but would it be worth the $40-50 CAD it’d be priced at in BC? Probably not.

She says: For me, this was a disappointment, especially at the £20 price tag.

2008 Rippon Riesling Jeunesse

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She says: This wine to me was a bit like a yo-yo.

He says: This wine was a major letdown for me given the price and all the buzz in the Lower Mainland about this producer.

2008 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir

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She says: Having been unimpressed with other Malborough Pinot Noir I’ve tasted, this wine proved to me that they can deliver on this finicky variety.

He says: At an informal blind tasting we attended of 7 different Pinot Noirs between $25 & $70, this one took first place in our books. Enough said.

Had a glass: 2008 Delta Pinot Noir

Source: http://www.deltawines.co.nz

He says: I was far from blown-away by this Pinot. Another less than stellar entry from Marlborough. Failed to shine against Bin 941′s duck dish; more suited to the fatty lamb confit.

She says: It is a step up from the Villa Maria but also a step up in price.

2008 Villa Maria Pinot Noir Private Bin

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She says: This has, “Marlborough should stick to whites and let Central Otago do what they do best” written all over it;

He says: a simple Pinot Noir, held back by its lackluster feel in the mouth.

Wine truths

“Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, Sermons and soda-water the day after.”
by Lord Byron

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - 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.