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Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Noir 2010

Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Noir 2010

I am excited to say that this wine, Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Noir 2010,  was the focal point of a group tasting and as a result, though the findings are mostly mine, we do have the benefit of getting feedback from a group of casual wine drinkers, which only enables us to provide a hint of how this wine will perform in a social setting.

On colour, the Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Noir 2010 holds a ruby red hue.  On the nose, scents of red berries, spice and mineral notes are present.  On the palate, you’ll grasp tastes of that abundant red berry, herbaceousness, refined tannic structure, and a medium to long finish.

All in all, this was a palatable and pleasant wine, and though quite different from the Pinot Noirs we’ve boasted about from Central Otago, it was still quite complimentary to our charcuterie board.  It’s boisterous presence makes it a strong Pinot Noir from this region.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $21.95

We gave this wine a score of 3 out of 5

Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2011

Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2011 Oh… Central Otago, New Zealand… I just cannot say enough about this regions ability to wow me with their Pinot Noir, and this Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2011 is no different.  In fact, to make this particular Pinot Noir, Elephant Hill sourced  grapes from two different vineyards, further representing Central Otago Pinot Noir complexity, all throughout the region.

On colour, the Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2011 holds a ruby red hue.  On the nose, scents of plum, some herbaceousness, strawberry and cherry are noted.  On the palate, you’ll pick up strawberry, slight blueberry and spice, coupled with a long and robust finish.  Note that this wine performs best after breathing for 30 minutes; this is just enough time to allow both the herbs and fruit taste of this wine to shine and the floral notes on the nose to dance.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $29.95

We gave this wine a 3.75 out of 5

(Source: Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2011)

Trius Red 2011

Trius Red 2011

Given my newly developed love of Meritage wines (this seems to be my thing now) I decided to hunt down a vintage Canadian blend done in this style, and came across the Trius Red 2011, a fantasic blend of 43% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Trius winery itself is found along the Niagara Escarpment, in Ontario Canada.

Before we go on to describe our experience in drinking this wine, let’s first cover what Meritage really means. Meritage is the name placed on wines, red and even white that are made in Bordeaux (France) style. As the type of wine from France called Bordeaux is a legally binding geographical designation, the label ‘Bordeaux’ cannot  be placed on the wines done of the same style, outside of France.  As a result of the previous, vintners elsewhere needed to come up with an alternate designation, hence the birth of Meritage. (We’ll do a more extensive cover on the birth of the term ‘Meritage’ in a subsequent post). Though the Trius wine we’re having here does not come with the Meritage label, it does fit the definition, as a red Meritage must be made from a blend of at least two of the following grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, or Carmenère.

On colour, the Trius Red 2011 holds a pristine ruby red hue. On the nose, scents of strawberry, light oak, some spice and cherry are present.  On the palate, you are greeted with cherry, blueberry, and a wonderful herbaceous blend.

Though this Trius Red delighted upon our first sip, it continued to transform as it breathed, further softening the tannins and allowing the berry essence to flourish.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $22.95.

We gave this wine a score of 3.75 out of 5.

Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey 2011

Hahn Pinot Noir 2011 Here is one of the beauties we enjoyed at our table, this past Thanksgiving weekend; Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey 2011, from California. It was a perfect match for our dinner, given its play on red berries and spice.

The Hahn vineyards come with an interesting history being a converted horse and cattle ranch and it spans over 1000 acres in Monterey County.

On colour, the Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey 2011 holds a ruby red hue.  On the nose, scents of cherry, strawberry and peppers are apparent.  On the palate, you’ll pick up vanilla, oak, cherry and bell pepper.  A truly enjoyable wine.

If you pick up this wine and are like me, you’ll wonder why a rooster garners the label of this Hahn Pinot Noir.  In doing a bit of research around the vineyard, we learned that Hahn means rooster in German, and as a result, the rooster is a representation and a remembrance of the families European history.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $18.95.

We gave this wine a score of 3.5 out of 5.

Creekside 2010 Laura’s Red

Creekside 2010 Laura's Red Today’s wine comes from Creekside Estate Winery, located in Jordan Ontario, along the Niagara Peninsula. The Creekside Laura’s Red 2010 blend is a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Shiraz

On colour, the Creekside 2010 Laura’s Red  blend is a deep eggplant hue.  On the nose, you pick up scents of plum, blueberry, oak and red berries. On the palate, smokiness, plum, vanilla, and red berries ring through.

This is a great red blend that though it holds it’s own, it will sit nicely in the fold with spicier dishes, served this Thanksgiving weekend.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $19.95

We gave this wine a score of 3.75 out of 5.