Another one from our visit to the Calamus winery. Garnet in color with a light varietal pinot noir nose. On the mid pallet the wine is much bigger than the nose would otherwise indicate. It’s got some lovely rustic notes, some nice strawberry flavors, and some earthy notes backed by some firm tannins and some acidity. The taste lingers nicely in the mouth leaving some nice rustic flavors that coat the mouth. I would give it an 88-89. Interestingly complex for the price! Sadly, not available in the LCBO but is available at the winery for $17.20 a bottle which in my mind is a good deal! Yumm. We paired it with Upper Canada Cheese Company’s Niagara gold and Cornish hen. It paired very well. I find pinot Noirs and foul go very well together!
Bottling Date May 17, 2011 Release Date July 15, 2011 Price $17.20
Vineyard Twenty Mile Bench Soil Type Clay/loam Varietal/Blend 100% Pinot Noir
Quantity Made 200 cases Harvest October 2009
Vinification: Stainless steel fermented, aged in French oak barrels for 8 months.
Alcohol Content 12.2% Sugar Content 4.8 g/l (1)
Tasting Notes: Colour Light cherry red
Aroma Cherry, vanilla from the French oak barrels
Palate Cherry, cranberry, youthful tannin, earthiness
Food Pairing Country style pate, planked salmon
Cellaring Up to 7 years
It’s an earthy, red fruit
laden wine in the mouth with good
vibrancy. 88 points July 11, 2012