Villa Maria is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and its large portfolio, ranging from the ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc to the ever seductive Pinot Noir, remains one of New Zealand's peppiest and thrilling. This Private Bin bottling is bit of an adolescent now, but has the promise of a lovely future.
2010 Villa Maria, Private Bin Pinot Noir, New Zealand, Marlborough $20 srp
Deep crimson with a translucent hue throughout. Intense, candied cherry on the nose. Solid, slightly brambly bouquet reminiscent of a forest floor. Light spice elements suggest Marjoram and Sage. But it's the fruit that takes center-stage with the lightest backdrop of oak. Flavors are high-toned with a red fruit core, great purity and solid structure on its rather brisk finish. Somewhat disjointed and tight at present; bottle age should tame its exuberance and brightness. Drink 2014-18. For now, match with a meal like the hodgepodge of flavors that accompany a traditional Thanksgiving meal.