Mission Hill 5 Vineyards 2014

Mission Hill 5 Vineyards 2014

This Pinot Noir is produced in the Okanagan Valley VQA (Vintner’s Quality Alliance), which is the British Columbia appelation of origin regime. It means that 100% of the grape within the wine in question is grown where indicated on the label. Ontario also has a similar VQA naming system as well. I purchased this bottle at the recently opened wine and beer store here in Iqaluit and was generally pleased with it.

  • Winery:  Mission Hill Vineyards Inc.
  • Price: $17.95 CDN
  • Alcohol: 13.8%
  • Sugar: 5 g/L

The color of this Pinot Noir is a rather washed out cherry with a slightly less than 100% clarity. The nose is dominated by bright red fruit with an almost jam-like, candied quality, but there is slightly earthy and vegetal undercurrent plus a faint spicy highlight. The body is medium with a smooth texture and the effect is quite dry. The acidity is medium, the tannins understated, and the balance is pretty well-rounded. Red fruit, slightly tart, provide the carrier, and there are notes of jam, leather, and  grass. Overall, it is just a bit rough, but still eminently drinkable.

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