2015 Adamo Estate Winery “Wismer-Parke Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Twenty Mile Bench VQA, Ontario, Canada (Alcohol 13%) Winery Direct $28.65 (750ml)
The Wismer vineyards are a fruit source for so many of the wines that we here at Good Food Revolution enjoy on a regular basis. The fruit from these 15-20 year old Pinot vines finds its way into this Grower’s Series Pinot Noir from Winemaker Shauna White up at Adamo Estate Winery, and it is a highly pleasurable wine indeed.
50% of the fruit is destemmed, with the balance going through a five day cold soak; this process is very much in evidence in the mouthfeel and structure of the finished wine.
In the glass you’ll find an exotically perfumed bouquet with loads of black cherries, toasty wood spices (the wine sees 38% new French cooperage), smoke, and a hint of funk (in a good way). This medium-bodied wine is delightful on the palate, with soft supple tannins, and a cranberry-like acid profile that really helps to lift the fruit and make you go back for another glass, and then perhaps another. With me, this process continued all evening, and before I knew it, the bottle was done. Always a good sign.
I’d chill this down a little before serving, but then I do that will all my reds. Pairing-wise, that pronounced acid and velvet-like tannins make it a great foil for grilled duck breasts with a black fruit compote.
(Four apples out of a possible five)
Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And this was most enjoyable.