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

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”
by Benjamin Franklin

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.