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2016

Cave Spring Estate

Pinot Noir

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Alc. 12.5 %

Retail
$36.99
Club Price
$30.49
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"There's probably no better estate than this in all of Canada...", and we don't disgaree with Ian D'Agata of Decanter! We feel that sometimes Cave Spring Cellars flies under the radar because it has been a Canadian staple for so long, producing 'benchmark wines since 1986'. We want to make sure we recognize the tried and true, especially the dependable and solid Estate Pinot Noir.

Cave Spring is a recognizable brand, and we are sure you have tried their wines before, but the Estate Pinot Noir is found rarely and in small quantites. Just 185 cases of the 2016 was produced, and within Alberta it can only be found at premium rocky mountain restaurants, and in your December package. We love this Pinot Noir because it reflects the specialty of Beamsville Bench, a hillside overlooking Lake Ontario, showcasing purity and elegance. You can find out more about Cave Spring Cellars and their wines from Wine411.ca, a complete directory of Canadian wineries. Enjoy today, decanting is not necessary, but we suggest a few swirls and patience. Or store carefully until 2023.

Look

Rich currant hued, a deep core and cranberry coloured edges.

Smell

Cassis, prune and simmering berries on the stove. Whiffs of clove and nutmeg, supple vegetal aromas, and matchstick are coaxed out of the glass with little effort. Undertones of vanilla and the sweetness of the ripened blackberries balance the rustic and savoury aromas.

Taste

The Estate Pinot Noir is consistent in its quality year over year, with a trend of full bodied, ripe and deep Pinot Noir. Nuances can be found from tobacco leaf, oak chest, baking spices, and light liquorice. In the 2016, there is a pronounced black currant quality, but more savoury than sweet - think mince meat pies rather than jams and jellies. The base of concentrated and overly ripe fruit give a richness and solid base for smooth tannins and balanced acidity.

Pairing

Think rustic and warm, from mushroom risotto to a pork roulade. A Pinot with more oomph than most, willing to meet its match in a elevated dinner pairing.

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