Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dinner in the winter - Pinot noir

2004 Inniskillin

2004 Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara Peninsula

I love this wine. Always loved it. Normally, I shy away from these wines made by these big producers, but this site is special. Montague Vineyard produces very fine, earthy wines with a distinct personality.

A bbq going on in the aroma. Lots of smoked, charred meat, with bright cherry flavours. Some minerality beginning to show. The colour is beginning to brown, but I think it's an oxidative property from improper storage. There's a fine texture - not so much a structure, but the acidity keeps it austere and in balance. Lovely red fruits in the mouth, with a pronounced minerality. Linear, with an earthiness and brightness that's quite special - this really straddles Old/New World pinot noir styles.

With the spaghetti, the acidity works wonders. Matches with the tomato perfectly, and the smoky note goes well with the meatballs. Great wine.

DF

2 comments:

  1. I've had this vintage twice now, recently and a couple years ago, and both times it was just great!

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  2. It's delicious - this is my 3rd bottle, I have 2 left. But I'd really like to get to the bottom of this premature browning I'm seeing.

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