2009 Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir, VQA Twenty Mile Bench
At this point of dinner, with most of my friends having headed home, sitting in the kitchen with a buddy . . . should have called it a night. Alas, we were stupid and decided to keep drinking. Regretted it an hour later, and the next morning, and the next morning after that. But at least the wine was good.
The estate level pinot noir from this producer always represents what I regard as true Niagara wine. Very aromatic, lean, with a lovely stream of pure fruit and minerality. Finely structured as well - should be very interesting to see how these wines age. The 2009's I've been tasting are very interesting - all the floral bouquet of 2008, with riper fruit. This producer always has a good grip on alcohol levels.
Too bad I indulged a bit too much to fully appreciate it.