2013 Pinot Noir - Cherry Avenue
- Pinot Noir
- VQA Twenty-Mile Bench
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2018 - 2024
- Winemaking Notes
First planted in 2003 on loamy clay soil, the Cherry Ave Pinot Noir vineyard is celebrating its 10th harvest with this beautiful wine. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which were new, this expressive wine shows notes of sour cherry, forest floor earthiness, and hints of cedar. A lush and juicy mouthfeel with firm yet well balanced tannins come together with flavours of cranberry, plum and subtle oak.
- Growing Conditions
Viticultural practices included vertical shoot positioning, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, hand-leaf removal and hand-harvest. The Cherry Avenue Vineyard is the oldest estate planting of Pinot Noir. Planted in 2005, this low-yield vineyard is farmed organically and biodynamically. As the vines age, it produces wines of increasing depth and complexity.
- Food Pairing
Pinot is renowned for being an extremely food-friendly wine and the 2013 Cherry is no exception. It would be the perfect pairing for roasted
porchetta, stuffed eggplant with lamb and pine nuts or a decadent dish of sautéed foie gras with brioche topped with cherry sauce.
- GOLD MEDAL
- National Wine Awards of Canada
This is a youthful, quite firm pinot with just a touch of baby fat. The nose is complex and lifted with cran-pomegranate and red cherry fruit, nicely fitted with oak vanillin, a touch of tartare meatiness and mild spice. It's medium bodied, with medium acidity, firm, slightly green tannin and a touch of heat. Nicely dry and a bit earthy on the finish. Excellent length. Of the four single vineyard pinots this is the sturdiest. Best 2018 to 2024.
Another excellent 2013 pinot here from Tawse, in a string of great '13 single vineyard bottlings. Like the Quarry Road, the Cherry Avenue vineyard is a bit of a sleeper at the moment, only hinting at its potential future development. But the delicate extraction, the finely-tuned barrel spice, and balanced alcohol and acids on the palate reveal of wine of real class and breed. The texture is taught and tightly woven with fine-grained tannins, while the med-weight frame belies the genuine power and depth lying beneath. Very good to excellent length. Fine wine, best after 2018.