Cost: $28 (Direct from winery)
Date Tasted: September 5th, 2009
Tasting Notes: This is a Pinot Noir that shows a lot of promise. Ready to drink now but would benefit from 2-4 years in the cellar to develop further. Dark ruby in colour with black cherry, dark fruit and smoky flavours. This oak-aged wine (mixture of new and one to four year old French oak) offers layers of fruit and leather on the palate. A long finish with fairly tidy tannins make it a joy to drink alone but would truly come alive paired with duck or light game in fruit or tea-based sauces.
I look forward to tasting future vintages of this wine as Averill Creek is headed in the right direction with this hardest-to-grow of grapes . - LC