About This Wine:
This wine is named after a layer of dolomitic limestone forming the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has come to enrich the soils of the Escarpment benchlands below. Grown in selected vineyards along these gentle slopes, this Pinot Noir bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of these sites contribute to the delicate aromatics and silky texture that are this wine’s hallmark.
100% Beamsville Bench
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and small amounts of granite and gneiss; soil depth ranges from 4 to 8 m, overlying moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock.
90% Pinot Noir, 10% Gamay
Harvest Date- Sept. 11 - 28
Titratable Acidity- 6.87 g/L
Yield- 1.61 tonnes/acre
A 7-day maceration was followed by gentle pressing and ageing 10 months in older French Oak barriques and puncheons.
Bottling Date- September 2016
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.4 g/L
Production- 850 cs. (9L)
The wine is burgundy to ruby in colour, with a garnet edge. Deep, brooding aromas of dark berries – including black cherry and blackberries – prevail overtop nuances of vanilla, cinnamon and minerals. In the mouth, the wine is rich and velvety with a core of soft, ripe tannins and a hint of graphite. Bright acidity lifts the palate, and builds toward a very long and complex finish of red cherries and spice. This wine is an outstanding example of how Niagara Pinot Noir in a cooler vintage can combine depth and power with finesse and elegance.
Goat’s cheese encrusted with nuts and with roasted vegetables; gnocchi with gorgonzola; sautéed liver; pork roast with cranberries; bitter greens with mushrooms; herb-stuffed Cornish Hen; soft cheeses (e.g., Epoise)
Open-knit enough to make for easy drinking upon release, this vintage retains the structure and extraction to cellar until at least 2020 and quite possibly well beyond.
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