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The Foreign Affair Winery Pinot Noir 2012 Wine Review

The Foreign Affair Winery Pinot Noir 2012

The Foreign Affair Winery Pinot Noir 2012

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $34.95

Drink: 2018-2021

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.1%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: The Foreign Affair

Agent: Corby Spirit And Wine Limited

Natalie's Score: 90/100

Winemakers Len and Marisa Crispino use the traditional Valpolicella method of appassimento which involves drying grapes before pressing to concentrate flavour and body, along with alcohol. They bought land in Niagara in 2000. The 2012 Pinot has 20% dried grapes. The wine is then matured for 16 months on the lees in French oak barrels. This doesn't taste or feel like typical Pinot Noir, usually light- to medium-bodied. However it is its own delicious animal. Pair with grilled chicken.

Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled burgers, mushroom and onion risotto, roast chicken.

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This The Foreign Affair Winery Pinot Noir 2012 was reviewed on March 1, 2018 by Natalie MacLean

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Len and Marisa Crispino discovered the wines of Valpolicella and became fascinated with the appassimento process of drying grapes prior to pressing to create a richer, more concentrated wine as evidenced in The Foreign Affair (2012). The 2012 Pinot uses 20% dried grapes and is aged for 16 months on the lees in French oak. This is a richly concentrated Pinot Noir with cherry, cranberry flavours and a long, elegant finish. Pair with roast turkey, mushroom risotto or wild-mushroom stuffed pork tenderloin. - Community Wine Reviews

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