$26, 5 stars, 90 points, canada, niagara peninsula, pinot noir
When I was last in Quebec I bought a few bottles of this delicious Pinot. Having enjoyed the 2017 Montague immensely I could hardly contain myself when I found this vintage. It is a pale ruby in the glass as expected but has very thick legs- interesting considering it rolls in at 13% ABV. The nose is quite intense- red cherry, strawberry coulis, cinnamon, clove, pomegranate, mocha and florals of violet and geranium. The palate it dry and surprisingly tannic for this varietal. The flavors are a bit less intense from the nose but I get strawberry as the lead component with the red cherry and pomegranate supporting. The chocolate, spice and florals are present along with a touch of oak. The wine is medium (-) bodied with juicy acidity and a decent length finish. This wine perplexes me- it’s a bit in-your-face at the get go, the tannins are quite persuasive yet it morphs into a seductive and soft Pinot as it transitions to the mid palate and finish. It may need a bit of time. Right now it is a 90 point wine that I see potential for. At $32 CAD ($26) it’s worth looking for and cellaring. 5 Stars from me- I’m pairing it with roast Duck and Scalloped Potatoes. Salut….