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Montana Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Montana Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
The 2006 was matured in French oak barriques (15 per cent new). It's a warm, savoury wine with earthy, smoky touches adding complexity and moderately concentrated cherry, plum and spice flavours. The 2007 vintage is immediately appealing, with very good depth of ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, vibrant and supple.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
The 2006 was matured in French oak barriques (15 per cent new). It's a warm, savoury wine with earthy, smoky touches adding complexity and moderately concentrated cherry, plum and spice flavours. The 2007 vintage is immediately appealing, with very good depth of ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, vibrant and supple.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
This is consistently a finely structured, harmonious wine, bargain-priced. The 2003 vintage matured in French oak barriques (40 per cent new), is lull and bright in colour, with warm, spicy, slightly smoky aromas. The palate is weighty and warm, with plum, cherry and spice flavours showing good complexity and a tight finish, promising good cellar potential. The 2002 is also very satisfying, with deep, well-ripened, cherry and spice flavours and a savoury, nutty complexity.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
This is consistently a finely structured, harmonious wine, bargain-priced. The 2001 vintage matured in French oak barriques (40 per cent new), is spicy and tannic, with some complexity, but it also shows a slight lack of fruit sweetness. The 2002 is very warm and satisfying, with deep, well-ripened, cherry and spice flavours and a savoury, nutty complexity. A top vintage, it should be at its best during 2004-05.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
This is consistently an excellent wine, with depth, complexity and aging potential, and at $25, it's a bargain. Very attractive and harmonious, the 2000 vintage was matured in French oak barriques (45 per cent new). Fresh raspberry and spice aromas lead into a full-coloured wine with substantial body (13.5 per cent alcohol), oak complexity and excellent depth of cherryish, plummy, spicy flavour. It's a refined and supple wine, drinking well now.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
The 1998 is a serious, concentrated red, muscular (14 per cent alcohol) and firm, with deep red berry, plum and spice flavours, needing a lot more time. In its youth, it's less seductive than the softly structured 1997, but Montana predicts that with age it will develop into the better wine. The 1999 is a graceful, complex wine, matured in French oak barriques (40 per cent new). Bright, full ruby, with cherry, raspberry and spice aromas, it's a supple wine with sweet fruit characters, good intensity and the potential to mature well. Open mid-2001+.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The 1998 is a serious, concentrated red, muscular (14 per cent alcohol) and firm, with deep red berry, plum and spice flavours, needing a lot more time. In its youth, it's less seductive than the softly structured 1997, but Montana predicts that with age it will develop into the better wine. The 1999 is a graceful, complex wine, matured in French oak barriques (40 per cent new). Bright, full ruby, with cherry, raspberry and spice aromas, it's a supple wine with sweet fruit characters, good intensity and the potential to mature well. Open mid-2001+.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
The 1998 is a serious, concentrated red, muscular (14 per cent alcohol) and firm, with deep red berry, plum and spice flavours, needing a lot more time. In its youth, it's less seductive than the softly structured 1997, but Montana predicts that with age it will develop into the better wine. The 1999 is a graceful, complex wine, matured in French oak barriques (40 per cent new). Bright, full ruby, with cherry, raspberry and spice aromas, it's a supple wine with sweet fruit characters, good intensity and the potential to mature well. Open mid-2001+.
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