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Reserve Pinot Noir, 2020

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2020 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12.5% ALC/VOL
Pinot Noir
Critic's Rating 93 pts

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Rich, concentrated dark fruit gives way to warm notes baking spices and mocha. Well balanced acidity and tannins with a smooth, lengthy finish.

Food Pairings: Steak tartare, grilled salmon, margherita pizza

Pinot Noir sourced 100% from the Westcott Home Farm vineyard. 30% whole cluster fermented and all wild malolactic fermentation. Fermented in 100% French oak. 0% new. 22 months barrel aged.

Critic's Rating

Yes, you’ve heard all about 2020, the warm, perfect growing season, the best vintage EVER … etc. It is true, but it still took a careful hand in the cellar and vineyard to produce a Pinot Noir without going overboard. Kulczyk navigated the low yielding, tight cluster Pinot with a deft touch in 2020. It shows much more colour in the glass with an intense nose of concentrated red berries, cassis, floral notes, just a touch of fresh-turned soil and subtle spices. The palate reveals firm tannins and structure, an intense red fruit attack with raspberries, dark cherries, rich cassis, and fine oak spice all balanced and lifted by juicy acidity through the long finish. A great candidate for the cellar, say 7+ years.
- Rick VanSickle, Wines in Niagara
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Silver Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Silver Medal
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    The 2020 vintage was a featured wine in May 2024's Wine Club packs.

    Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

    Geographical Indication: VQA Vinemount Ridge
    Vineyard: Home Farm Vineyard
    Residual Sugar: 1 g/L
    Cases Produced: 200

    Appearance: Ruby with a tawny hue.
    Nose: Violets and raspberries on the nose with oak spice.
    Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, elegant, beautifully balanced. Firmly structured with ripe tannins and well-integrated oak. Flavours of raspberry and red plum. Great length.
    Quality: 91 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding. Drink now or hold for a couple of years.

    Food Pairing: Pesto chicken bake with feta and olives, zucchini mushroom pasta with cream sauce, chargrilled steak with broccolini, cayenne chicken wings with black bean salsa, and smoked shrimp with cheese grits.

    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Silver Medal