2019 Arterra Pinot Noir
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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Wine Profile
Production Notes
Selected from the best sites in Niagara, the fruit used to produce this wine was picked at optimal maturity, balance, and character. A portion of the Pinot Noir grapes we dried in the classic old world "Appassimento" style to later blend back into the finished wine. The remaining grapes were soaked for 2 days in order to extract both colour and flavour before beginning fermentation, which was completed using specially selected yeast strains. The wine was gently pressed and sent to 100% French oak barriques to complete malolactic fermentation and age gracefully until release. The final blend includes 15% of the Appassimento wine.
Winemaker Notes
Rich and forward this elegant Pinot Noir boasts notes of dark red fruit, blueberry, plum, and a subtle hint of vanilla. The wine is full and lush with a robust texture, smooth tannins, and a bright juicy acid backbone. This complex wine finishes with hints of mocha and strawberry crème.
Food Pairing Notes
Try this delicious Pinot Noir with a braised lamb shank, roasted duck breast with a blueberry compote, a creamy mushroom risotto, seared salmon or a warm beetroot and goat cheese salad.

Product Reviews

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Matt Steeves
(Feb 1, 2018 at 3:41 PM)
In its second vintage, the 2016 Arterra Pinot once again benefits from a small percentage (20%) of appassimento winemaking where the grapes were harvested then partially dried for a period of time before pressing. This takes the already impressive Pinot Noir and adds further textural, aromatic, and flavour complexity, all in a subtle but noticeable way. The nose shows dark cherry, chocolate, cranberry, plum, clove, sweet herbs, cedar and a hint of sous-bois. This wide array of aromatic groups mingling together results in a very stimulating aromatic profile. The palate shows those familiar refreshing Niagara Pinot characteristics yet in a different style, one that preserves the crisp fruit characteristics and youthful tannins, and shows off some dried fruit and spice that opens this wine up to even more food pairing opportunities. Roasted pork tenderloin with cherry-balsamic sauce comes to mind, just as dark chocolate dipped cherries do too! An impressive and unique style of Niagara Pinot that I’d highly recommend. Drink 2018-2024. Tasted January 2018. 90+ points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

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David Lawrason
(Aug 21, 2019 at 8:07 AM)
This is a quite rounded, generous almost slightly confected style of pinot with a lifted nose of candied cherry, florals, vanilla and cinnamon. It is medium weight, a touch sweet with slightly green tannin and some alcohol heat. It is tasty but a trickster relying a bit too much on sweetness. The length is very good to excellent. Tasted April 2019, 88 Points

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Anthony Gismondi
(Aug 21, 2019 at 8:08 AM)
The latest Arterra Pinot Noir builds on the juicy 2016, cherry fruit style with an extra bit of exotic five-spice you get in some top Burgundies. The mid-palate is a bit more rustic with intense spice and oak pushing in, suggesting it needs some time to settle. A portion of the fruit is air-dried appassimento-style although I’m unclear why that technique is required for something like pinot noir. Rich enough for grilled chicken or a favourite creamy cheese. 87/100.

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