Grape: Pinot Noir
Region: Pelee Island VQA, Ontario, Canada
Appearance: light Burgundy (of course) nice, thick legs
Nose: Black raspberry, black currant, black cherry
On the Palate: light body, raspberry, tart cherry, leather, firewood, blackberry, blueberry
Finish: leather, blackberry jam
Parting words: Two things make Pelee Island’s terroir unique in Canada. First, Pelee Island, located in Lake Erie, is the southernmost point in Canada (ok, a small island south of Pelee actually is). Its latitude is approximately 42° N, which also passes through Spain, Corsica, Central Italy, and constitutes the border between California and Oregon, all wine country to varying degrees. Second the waters of the lake moderate the climate preventing late frosts in spring and early frosts in winter. Pelee Island’s climate is warm and temperate compared even to other areas of Southern Ontario. The island is also host to a wide variety of rare (for Canada) flora and fauna, many of which make appearances on Pelee Island Winery labels.
Southern Ontario, like its neighbors in upstate New York and Northern Michigan, is not known for its reds. Pinot Noir is grown in Ontario and adjacent areas but is up and down in terms of quality, and often gets chucked into table blends. This wine, however, is an up one. It is an enjoyable and reasonably complex wine that can stand up to any middle-shelf Pinot on the planet. Recommended.