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