2011 Vineland Estates Pinot Meunier

Pinot Meunier is a chimeric mutation of Pinot Noir whatever that means. Darker in color than a pinot noir, but not as dark as say a cab sauv. The wine is almost cloudy. On the nose there’s a bit of sweet fruits, almost like dried fruits coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays some red berries and some sweetness to match the nose. On the finish the wine has an almost vermouth like taste. It dials down a bit as it breaths. Again almost like dried fruits. Not as strong but similar to a port. The wine is one the lighter side of medium in length on the finish. Not a bad wine. I would give it an 88 or so. We paired it with a maple glazed beef short rib. It didn’t go famously but did hold it’s own. Not a perfect pairing unfortunately. $17.95 a bottle at the winery.

From the Winery’s web site:
Appellation: VQA Niagara Escarpment
Varietal: 100% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol Percent: 12.0 % LCBO Sugar Code: 0 (Dry)
Residual Sugar 5.7 g/L Brix at Harvest: 21.4 Bx
Total Acid g/L: 6.12 g/L
Cases Produced: 1254+
Drinking Through: Now – 2017+
Oak Treatment: 3 months
Service Temp.: 16 – 18 C

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