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2016 Pinot Noir Dolomite

VQA Niagara Escarpment
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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. 
 
Origin:
92% Beamsville Bench, 6% Creek Shores, 2% St. David’s Bench 
 
Soil:
Escarpment Benchlands: Limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale 
 
Composition:
95% Pinot Noir, 6% Gamay 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 11 - 30
Sugar- 20.6 ºBrix
Titratable Acidity- 6.79 g/L
pH- 3.36
Yield- 2.9 tonnes/acre  
 
Vinification:
A 7-day maceration was followed by gentle pressing and ageing 10 months in older French Oak barriques and puncheons. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- July 2017
Alc./Vol. 12.5%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.3g/L
pH- 3.55
Production- 1,600 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
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.  
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
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) 
 
Ageability:
Open-knit enough to make for easy drinking upon release, this vintage retains the structure and extraction to cellar until at least 2022 and quite possibly well beyond. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$24.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery Only
 
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