13th Street Winery, 2007 Pinot Noir, VQA

Funk Vineyard, Creek Shores, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Hitting 12.5 percent abv, this light red coloured wine reveals fresh fruit and alcohol on the nose, leading to a semi-dry finish that really wants to be full out dry. It is not a big wine but it is well constructed, dare I say, neatly layered?

The 2007 Pinot Noir is a pleasant drinking wine but don’t overwhelm it with bold flavoured food, or it will be soon out of its depth.

I paired it with gently spiced lamb sausages served with Maison Orphee Organic Old-Fashioned Mustard from Quebec, grilled Ontario fresh yellow zucchini brushed with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper and a light dusting of chili powder, served alongside fresh spinach pasta with a garlicky pesto, using walnuts in lieu of pine nuts. This food combination worked well with the 13th Street 2007 Pinot Noir, happily riding along for the duration of the meal.


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