Henry of Pelham Estate Winery VQA Niagara Peninsula- Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2007
Note: I publish batches of reviews that I call Good Values Wine Picks. These are from the regular section of the liquor store rather than the Vintages section, and tend to be lower priced and the most widely available of all wines. The last four reviews I did were: May 22, March 7, January 4 and December 16.
Subtle, not fruit forward. Lovely spicy-earthy notes with some bright cherries and brambly fruit on the middle palate and a supple, satin texture. Medium-bodied and balanced. Long, dry, refreshing finish. Food matches: mushrooms, pork liver pates, tuna, grilled salmon, roasted chicken, duck and other game birds.
Reviewed July 20, 2010 by Natalie MacLean
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|• Harvest Date: September 24th-October 3rd, 2007|
• Yields of 1 ½ Tonnes / acre and below (~25 hL/ha)
• Fermented in stainless steel then aged in French Oak, with 33% new.
• The biggest quality factor involved in making Pinot Noir is yield in the vineyard. No short cuts to quality exist. It is not that Pinot Noir must be big, but rather that good, ageworthy and interesting Pinot Noir comes at great cost in the vineyard. This variety, produced as we have made this wine, is a rare example of the future of Niagara wines – and it shows the difficult but worthwhile path that our terroir has chosen for us.
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Serve this wine between 60-65 degrees Farenheit or 15-18 degrees Celsius.