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Essence Pinot Noir, 2011

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2011 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL ,13% ALC/VOL

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Pinot Noir

Critic's Rating92 pts


Attractive medium ruby core. Medium plus intensity with dried cherry, cranberry, currant, plum and warm baking spice. Tea leaves, damp earth and cherry pit round out this complex nose. Dry with medium body and medium plus acidity. High toned red fruits are surrounded by youthful fruit tannin and the medium finish brings flavours of cacao powder and stone fruit.

This wine will certainly benefit from 12 to 18 months ageing before it has mellowed enough to show its best. When ready, serve cool at 18oC in fine Pinot Noir designed stemware alongside all manner of poultry, semi-soft alpine cheeses and flavourful beef or veal dishes.

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

92 pts

In the Essence wines, this is where you find the personality of Colas, this is his playground, a place where he can make the wines that best express the best of the vintage, his take on the vintage. The Pinot shows black cherry, meaty-loamy notes, truffles and swirling spices on the nose. It is built with structure, designed to age, with ripe, assertive tannins, savoury cherry flavours, currants, earthy and spicy but doesn’t seem over the top on the palate. My temptation would be to lay this down for a while to bring it all into harmony. Reviewed: November 2014."

- Rick Vansickle


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Tasting Notes

This was a featured wine in February's wine club package.


Geographical Indication: Niagara, ON


Cases Produced: 253


Appearance: Bright. Semi-opaque. Umber with garnet highlights, lighter rim.

Nose: Medium aromatic intensity. Dark cherry, raspberry, leather, coffee, baking spice, hint of pepper.

Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Black fruit, tobacco, cigar box, coffee, roasted strawberry.

Quality: Very good quality with a long finish. This is the ideal vintage, it’s drinking wonderfully right now. A complex wine, robust and layered with character.

Food Pairing: Pork and black bean chili, eggplant parmesan, moussaka, roasted pork chop with baked sweet potatoes, smoked chicken breast with caramelized onions, and a salty charcuterie board.

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