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|PINOT NOIR 2013 VQA Niagara Peninsula
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
||THE FOREIGN AFFAIR
|Ambering light brick red colour. Intense, red wine-vinegar driven nose. Dry, very crisp, medium bodied, spicy, plummy, dried red cherry flavours with a lingering, very slightly cedary, malic, balsamic vinegar finish. Tasted twice in my professional ISO tasting glass which was designed in the 1970s by the International Standards Organization. Made from 100% Pinot Noir with 20% of the grapes being dried in the appassimento method, it has 13.5% alcohol and 13 g/L residual sugar. How do these flawed reds ever pass the VQA tasting panel? The 2011 (-/*) was released on September 2, 2017 at $34.95. You can safely ignore the 91-point tasting note appearing in the Vintages Catalogue.
||Red Table Wine
Dusty, Peppery, Oxidized, Acetic
|TASTING NOTE: 20% of the Pinot for this wine was dried for the final blend, which then spent 20 months in French oak. It's not like other Niagara Pinot Noirs and does not pretend to be. It's a bolder, riper version that gets its complexity from the appassimento method of winemaking that is this winery's signature. Once you understand that, you can appreciate this lovely bolder style wine with its nose of spicy red fruits, cloves, nutmeg, plums, bramble and cassis fruit. It cuts deep on the palate with complex flavours that run the gamut from dark cherry to juicy cassis and plums all backed up by layers of baking spices, solid structure and ripe tannins. Score - 91 (Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, April 13, 2018)
||vintages release - September 15, 2018
||56 (12 bottles per case)
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Score: - Poor * Very Basic
** Good **/**+ Very Good **+ Excellent