30 Days of Local Wine

The 2009 Pinot Noir from Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery is the perfect light red wine to pair with distinctly flavored fare such as lamb or turkey. It is very easy to drink and won’t take over the flavors you worked so hard to preserve in your meal.

“I have been saying lately that many wineries in the Lake Erie North Shore region of Ontario offer some of the best values when it comes to price and quality,” says Gary Killops of the Essex Wine Review. “This Pinot Noir is another example of a locally bottled wine that fits this description.”

The 2009 Pinot Noir exhibits a jammy black currant nose with a hint of black pepper. A characteristically light body lets the fruity palate of plum come forth and the good acid backbone makes this an excellent food wine. This wine has a wonderful ruby red colour and carries just enough dry tannins to capture the flavour on your mouth and linger for a moment.

“When I first tasted this wine I thought that there may have been some Merlot blended in to give it the darker colour and added complexity,” explains Killops. “Turns out I was wrong. It wasn’t Merlot however I soon discovered that 10% Cabernet Sauvignon was blended in.”