A very good, home grown, Pinot Noir…
Name: Pinot Noir
Producer: Stoneboat Vineyards
Region/Country: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir
Consumed: At home
Recommended By: End of the bin at the LCBO
Bottle Presentation: Simple, unassuming label, which would blend in with many others on the shelf
Appearance: Clear, light, garnet colour
Nose: Clean, medium intensity, with cherry, leather, earth, white pepper, and medicinal notes.
Taste: A dry, light bodied wine, with medium plus acidity and medium-plus tannins. Predominant flavours included sour cherries, earth, black licorice and leather. A tinge of red pepper and raspberries emerged over time.
Finish: Medium-long, with enduring earth and mineral notes.
Overall Impression: A good Pinot Noir from an outstanding region in British Columbia. This light-bodied wine would pair well with a range of foods, including poultry and pork. To our pleasant surprise, it paired well with dark chocolate. We would definitely drink this wine again, perhaps as part of a Pinot Noir tasting. It is quite pleasant now, but we can see it being equally good, if not better, in another two to five years.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 87/100