Battle of The Pinot Noirs: Canada vs. The United States

We saw in the New Zealand vs. Canada fight recently there was a draw.

In this corner from Pelee Island Winery in Ontario, Canada a Vinedressers 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir weighing in at 13%. On the nose a very familiar raspberry and red cherry aroma with a hint of blackberry all contained in a pure and clear way. On the palate this is no delicate PN but a moderate bodied one with good grip. There is strawberry, black cherry and some strawberry jam with a moderate finish. A few more years in the bottle (3-4) might see this wine develop into something more elegant. I would pair with Cornish Hen herbed up with rosemary with lots of garlic and roasted potatoes.

(Pelee Island Vinedressers Reserve Pinot Noir 2017, VQA South Islands, Pelee Island Winery, Kingsville, Ontario, $19.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, 750 mL, 13%, Robert K. Stephen a little birdie told me so Rating 90/100).

In this corner from Monterey County in California is a Sea Sun California Pinot Noir. It’s one of those darker Pinot Noirs. On the nose raspberry, black cherry, blackberry and red plum. On the palate smooth with few noticeable tannins. On the palate full of raspberry cream wafer cookies and a brackish taste which might be because of the fact that most of the grapes were grown on the Pacific Coast so perhaps some salt absorption? The palate is very unimpressive and this wine is knocked out in the second round.

(Sea Sun Pinot Noir 2019 California, Sea Sun Vineyard, Fairfield, California, $ 24.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 16027, 750 mL, 14.2%, Robert K. Stephen, a little birdie told me so Rating 86/100).

Canada wins this match.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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