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Thursday, April 2, 2009
The Event: Ontario Wine Review's Pinot Noir Reserve Challenge, Feb 23, 2009
The Time and Date: Monday, February 23, 2009
The Event: the last night of the Ontario Wine Review's Pinot Noir Challenge. Tonight was dedicated to 2007 "reserve" levels.
The Venue: Campbell House
The Target Audience: subscribers to OWR, wine media, plus anyone interested in Pinot Noir (as advertised on web sites).
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines should be available at the winery.
The Quote/Background: Each year Michael Pinkus, editor-owner of Ontario Wine Review, engages in a wine competition. Subscribers vote on which variety to feature. In 2007, it was Baco Noir, 2008 was Cabernet Franc, and this year it was Pinot Noir.
The Wines: 14 wines were tasted BLIND. Below are my rankings of the wines based on this blind tasting.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Long Dog Winery Pinot Noir 2007 Reserve PEC, about $50 I was the only one who nailed the price on this wine. There was a prize of glassware from Schott Zwiesel for guessing correctly. Of course, since I did NOT pay for this function (other than assisting in cleaning up), I declined the prize.
-Angel's Gate Winery Pinot Noir 2007 Mountainview Niagara, $25 the best wine of the lot in closest approximation of Burgundian style, and best value.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):