RKS Wine: The Great Ontario Pinot Noir Hope

I think it was 15 years ago I received my first invitation to a media wine tasting and it was for Clos Jordanne Pinot Noirs. It was at a snazzy bar in Toronto’s Manulife Centre way up at the top. Their Pinot Noirs won me over but my interest began to fade as they changed their winemaker and the Pinot Noirs lost their appeal. I think it has been a few years since I have tried their Pinot Noirs so why not see if my blast from the past still lives.

They have several Pinot Noir labels and the Jordan Village is their entry level offering and at $24.95 it is reasonably priced. Spend that a Burgundian Pinot Noir and you are bound to be disappointed. Will the Jordan Village fall in the disappointed category?

On the nose a classic Pinot Noir nose of raspberry, black cherry and strawberry. It is heading in the elegant direction. On the palate it is a smooth wine- pure and clean. Not a heavy hitter but a delicate Pinot Noir. Notes of red cherry, fresh picked raspberries, Obidos Cherry Liqueur with a hint of chocolate. A long solid finish. Overall perhaps the word “dainty” might be the style. Far more restrained than an Okanagan Pinot Noir. An excellent effort from the eminent winemaker Thomas Bachelder who if I recall correctly was the winemaker when I first was introduced to Clos Jordanne many years ago.

The wine picks up a bit more assertiveness when aerated but I do not think decanting would be warranted. Serve slightly chilled. Drink by 2025. You can enjoy on its own. I am not one that has 20 different wine glasses for different wines but for this dainty delight a large bowled Pinot Noir glass is a must. I think match with farm raised Irish organic salmon. It will be ruined with wild salmon. You could make kebabs with the salmon and grill them. I think it would suit a variety of pâtés or a duck rillette.  

The great Ontario Pinot Noir Hope has arrived.

(Le Clos Jordanne 2019 Jordan Village Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Le Clos Jordanne, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, $24.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 33894, 750 mL, 13%, RKS Wine Rating 92/100).

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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