Cave Springs 2017 Dolomite Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a nice strawberry/raspberry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays strawberry/raspberry to match the nose along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and peppery notes. This is a spot on, lovely, varietal pinot noir. I would give it an 88 … Very nice. Available at the winery for $24.95 a bottle.

From the winery’s web site:

VQA Niagara Escarpment

 About This Wine:This wine is named after a layer of dolomitic limestone forming the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has come to enrich the soils of the Escarpment benchlands below. Grown in selected vineyards along these gentle slopes, this Pinot Noir bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of these sites contribute to the delicate aromatics and silky texture that are this wine’s hallmark.  Origin:92% Beamsville Bench, 8% Creek Shores  Soil:Beamsville Bench Stony clay till composed of limestone mixed with sandstone and shale Creek Shores Lacustrine clay-loam till composed of red shale and sandstone mixed with limestone  Composition:100% Pinot Noir  Harvest Data:Harvest Date- Sept. 21 – Oct. 3
Sugar- 20.7 ºBrix
Titratable Acidity- 9.9 g/L
pH- 3.36
Yield- 3.2 mt/ac (59 hl/ha)  Vinification:7-day maceration followed by 7-day fermentation using selected yeast strains; barrel ageing for 10 months in older French oak barriques and puncheons, the majority being 2nd through 4th fill  Bottling Data:Bottling Date- October 2018
Alc./Vol. 12.5%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.8g/L
pH- 3.65
Production- 580 cs. (9L)  Tasting Notes:The nose is highly perfumed with lifted red berry and raspberry fruit alongside nuances of tilled earth and cedar. The palate is medium bodied with a sweet, supple feel up front, followed in the middle by an elegant harmony of dark cherry fruit and nicely rounded textures. Firm, well-integrated tannins build here, carrying saturated blackberry fruit and persistent notes of black top and smoke on the finish.   Taste Profile:Dry (D)  Serving Suggestions:Coq au vin, roasted pork loin, braised pork belly with choucroute, braised rabbit, seared duck breast, ossobuco, mushroom risotto  Ageability:Best consumed 2019 through 2022; will hold through at least 2024  Ontario Retail Price:$24.95   Availability:Winery Only

2017 Pinot Noir Dolomite | Cave Spring Cellars
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