2016 Pinot Noir
Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard | VQA — St David’s Bench
Much like Equuleus, the Paul Bosc Pinot Noir is made only in outstanding vintages. Throughout the growing season, we carefully monitor the yield produced by the oldest vines in the Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard to achieve the optimal balance between tannin ripeness, brix and flavour. The wine is aged for 16 months in brand new French oak barrels, imparting an extra layer of complexity on this delicate, nuanced and balanced wine with silky tannins.
Vineyard Manager's Notes
Pinot Noir is known the world over as the “heartbreak grape” because of how difficult it is to grow well. The slightest bit of moisture in the air can spell trouble so it is critical that we stay vigilant during the growing season. Our sustainable practices mean we are in the vineyards routinely so we can spot the beginnings of a problem and stop it from developing. Our sustainable practices include never using herbicides; we control weeds by tilling them into the soil where they add nutrients; our cellars are geothermal environments where heating and air conditioning are not needed at any time during the year. These are just a few examples of our environmentally friendly practices both in the vineyards and in the winery.
Bosc Family Food Pairings
This is a beautifully structured Pinot Noir making food pairing quite interesting. The classic combination is with lamb, and we’ve certainly enjoyed this wine with an herb-encrusted rack of lamb. But don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try it with cedar-planked salmon with a hoisin glaze.
||Brix at Harvest
"Aromas of fresh red cherry along with black and maraschino varieties are in the mix and are enhanced by bramble and nettle. There is a distinct purity and authenticity of note as well as elegance
and definition from acidity. The wildness under the surface is just palpable but is kept restrained at present. A broody intensity is brewing and a flinty smokiness is tangible on the finish. The evolution of this multi-layered pinot noir should prove captivating." 91 points. --Sara d’Amato, winealign.com, November 2018.
"The estate Paul Bosc Vineyard has always delivers a satisfying Pinot experience. Such a gorgeous nose of wild raspberries, summer cherries, bramble and integrated spice and minerality. It’s rich on the palate, with fine-grained tannins that yield a range of field strawberries, raspberries, beetroot, underlying earthiness and spice. Lovely textbook Niagara Pinot." 92 points. --Rick VanSickle, WinesinNiagara.com, February 2019.
"This Pinot is stupid good – it’s rich, and teeming with ripe cherry, dark cherry, blackberry, and spice. The texture of this wine is so rich and concentrated it feels as though it permeates every inch of your mouth. The finish brings up a wisp of smoke layered over damp forest floor – and mated with balanced acidity keeps this wine light on the finish in spite of it’s depth. Ready to drink right now – will soften with a few years in a cellar – if you have the patience it will be interesting to see how this would age over 7 years. My ideal pairing for this bottle is simple – a second glass." 4.5/5 stars --Andre Proulx, Andre Wine Review, February 2019.
"...in 2016 the weather was about as ideal as it gets and this PBEV pinot noir gained exaggerated benefit from all these things and more. That more includes the legend himself and the winemaking team led by Amélie Boury. Their '16 pinot noir is silky, smooth, sweetly savoury and tannic if softly steeped so, like a rosehip tisane. Needed some time to get here but now is the time. Drink 2019-2022." 92 points --Michael Godel, winealign.com, March 2019.