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|SPECK FAMILY RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2016 VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
||HENRY OF PELHAM
|Faintly ambering deep red colour. Attractive, intense, complex, gently ripe plum-cranberry-red cherry purée nose. Dry, medium bodied, quite well structured, slightly spicy, bright, ripe, plummy, red and black cherry purée flavours with a lingering, fairly high-acid, gently complex finish. Quite ready-to-drink. Has 13.5% alcohol and 3 g/L residual sugar. Better than the 2010 (**+) released on October 14, 2017 at $34.95.
||Red Table Wine
Complex, Harmonious, Ripe
||Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
|TASTING NOTE: The top-tier Pinots from the Speck brothers are sourced from the oldest estate vineyards on the Short Hills Bench that were planted in 1988. The warm vintage has given this wine fantastic concentration of dark cherries, cassis, wild raspberry and currants with earthy/brambly notes, violets and elegant oak spices on the nose. It's all about the integrated red and dark fruits, even at this early stage, that are juicy yet poised and polished and meld perfectly with the oak spices. It's all delivered on a bed of silky smooth tannins through a long finish. Lovely Pinot that will be ready to rock when released. Score - 92 (Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, Feb. 1, 2018)
||vintages release - November 10, 2018
||59 (12 bottles per case)
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Score: - Poor * Very Basic
** Good **/**+ Very Good **+ Excellent