A little while ago Mr and Mrs CWG (and Bachus) provided a review on this wine. They gave it such a glowing review I had to go grab one. This wine is on sale right now regularly $40 for $33. Pinot Noirs are never my favorite wines but it is uncommon for Brett to give a wine such a high rating so I had to run out and grab one. On first opening the wine is the color and bouquet one would expect from a Pinot Noir. It is garnet in color with a mild bouquet with some oak noticeable. On first drinking right out of the bottle you will notice there is not a hint of bitterness. No need to decant this puppy. The wine shows some lovely fruit and is a smack on varietal Pinot. The oaks and alcohol are well under control. Surprising given how high the alcohol content on this one is. The wine is slightly dry with a medium finish and some nice complexity. The wine is not by any means a huge pinot but it is definitely a good one. Brett was right this is a good Pinot. Personally I would give it a 91 or so, likely more about the fact Pinot’s are not my fave. My GF said she got some prunes on the tastes … We paired this with a lamb leg chop and it went VERY well. One of my favorite Pinots is Flat rock Cellars gravity Check LCBO stock. Like most Niagara reds this one has some tannin bite to it so some decanting is prudent.
From the LCBO web site:
HARTFORD COURT LAND’S EDGE VINEYARDS PINOT NOIR 2006 VINTAGES 919712 | 750 mL bottle
Price: $ 33.35
Wine, Red Wine, 14.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : D
Made in: California/Californie, United States
Release Date: Jan 31, 2009
An oaked wine with a big, ripe, juicy black cherry and bramble nose underscored with earthy mineral, hints of menthol and wood spice. The supple, fruit-forward palate shows less tannin, with a round, bright finish that recovers from an initial peek of heat. Score – 2 Stars (out of 4). (Lynne Char Bennett, members.forbes.com, Sept. 12, 2008)