This was one of the wines I had in my private cellar. I have had it before and continued to get better with age. We had it one night with some good friends over Greek Meatballs, Moussaka, Feta Cheese, Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki in February 2019.
Pinot Noir is their flagship red wine. The volcanic slopes at this Quails’ Gate vineyard site are ideally suited to this varietal. Made to be elegant with grace and finesse, this wine is made for wine lovers who desire a sophisticated style of Pinot Noir. As one of Canada’s leading producers of Pinot Noir, they ensure that their wines exhibit rich, complex fruit flavours, reminiscent of classic Burgundy wines, while showcasing the added elegance of New World winemaking techniques.
The grapes for this BC Pinot Noir are sourced from the winery’s Mount Boucherie bench vineyard, and most of the vines are more than 20 years old, with deep roots penetrating the multi-layered, freely draining soils. The grapes are cooled and soaked on their skins for a week before wild yeast fermentation is started by warming the vats. After a month on the skins to extract rich and deep colour and flavour, the wine was gently pressed and aged in French oak barrels for 10 months before racking and blending.
Peppery, celery root, light sausage, black cherry, coffee, vanilla, saddle leather aromas. Dry, fresh, elegant, round palate with light, leafy tannins. Coffee, peppery, dark cherry, tobacco leaf, earthy, leather flavours. Finish was delicious and full fruit flavours,
Gorgeous depth and concentration of flavour in this iconic BC Pinot Noir, yet it’s not heavy at all. Aromas of fleshy ripe black cherries, violets and some dark spice on the nose follow through on the palate. This is seductive Pinot that gives liquid definition to opulence.
The 2013 Pinot Noir is an expressive combination of bright juicy red berry fruit, violets, cloves and savoury dried herbs. Medium in body, the wine has a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity with polished tannins and a long, lingering finish. I suggest pairing with roasted squash risotto, seared venison or braised pork with wild rice and roasted root vegetables. I recommend serving at around 15°C to enhance your tasting experience.
Alc. by volume: 13.1%
Total acidity: 5.4 g/l
Residual sweetness: <1.0 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 585760
UPC code: 778856117202
Case volume: 3400
You can pick this wine up at the MLCC for $26.99