This selection is a Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Gevrey-Chambertin AOC in the Cote de Nuits Subregion. At $56, it is approaching the upper limit of what I will generally pay for a bottle of wine outside a restaurant and, unfortunately, it was a bit disappointing. I might have given a three star rating if this had been a relatively cheap purchase, but, given the price-tag, I only rate it at two…
- Winery: Bouchard Père & Fils
- Price: $56.25 at SAQ
- Alcohol: 13%
- Sugar: 2.1 g/L
This Pinot Noir medium ruby with a slightly rusty quality. The nose is quite aromatic featuring cherry and raspberry, with robust floral notes and a faintly vegetal, forest-floor undertone. It is medium bodied and quite dry with an acidity that kicks in immediately and then mellows as the tannins develop. The latter are smooth at first but get a bit jarring towards the end and leave a faintly acrid taste in a finish that is quite short. The dominant taste is sour cherry with some plum, and the floral quality of the nose comes through but is more muted. There is a woodiness but no special highlights. Possibly a few more years will improve the roughness of this vintage.
My database of wine tasting notes includes almost no entries with a 1 star rating… that particular score is pretty much reserved for wines that are undrinkable. Two stars, in contrast, means that a wine is capable of being imbibed without too much agony, but which is not generally worth the money. I don’t give that rating very often either, as it happens, but, unfortunately, that is how I felt about today’s selection. Your mileage may vary…
- Winery: Iniskillin Wines Inc.
- Price: $16.60 CDN
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Sugar: 3.7 g/L
The color is a medium light ruby and the nose is a muted, but still aromatic, red berry with a little oak and a faint vegetal quality underneath. It is quite light bodied, with moderate to low acidity and little in the way of tannins. The aromatic berries on the nose really don’t come through much in the mouth and there is a forest-floor effect along with a distant hint of dried flowers. The overall effect is a bit flat, except for a tease of spice at the very end, and there is a vague ‘over-cooked’ quality here and there. This would be fine for cooking but I wouldn’t buy it for drinking again.
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.