A while back, my friend Dyanna and I decided that we would have a winter of Pinot Noir, where we’d do nothing but drink Pinot Noir all winter long – but alas it wasn't meant to be. I blame the cold Canadian winds for keeping us (and Pinot Noir) apart. The good news is that in addition to making an excellent winter wine, Pinot Noir is also a great summer red. When done well, Pinot Noir is light, but oh-so-flavourful, delivering jammy flavours that are perfect on a hot summer's eve.
The Wine: Closson Chase Hillier Pinot Noir 2013
The Price: $24.95
The Grape: Pinot Noir
The Location: Hillier, Prince Edward County
I'm incredibly picky about my Pinot Noirs - and about red wines in general - so when I find a good Pinot Noir, I get really excited. Luckily for me, there are lots of exceptional Pinot Noirs that are made in our own backyard, one of them being Closson Chase's Hillier Pinot Noir.
Closson Chase is a Prince Edward County winery that makes stunning small-lot wines. This Pinot Noir smells like a smokey, baked cherry crumble with hints of brown sugar on the nose.
On the palette flavours like cedar and cinnamon become apparent - it tastes like the aforementioned cherry crumble was cooked in a wood fire oven. Is that even possible? Can it be possible? Where can I get my hands on this dessert?!
Okay, back to the wine. The wine itself is almost a cranberry colour and it's gorgeous to look at. This wine screams after-dinner-backyard-patio to me - when the sun starts to go down and a summer breeze picks up - that's when I want to drink this, with a cherry wood-oven baked crumble, of course.
Next time you head out east, be sure to swing by Closson Chase and pick up some of this dreamy Pinot Noir.