Ontario Reviews

Kacaba 2006 Wismer Vineyard Pinot Noir
2006 was a good year for Pinot, provided you took it off the vines before the rains came, or you were just very careful with your vineyard management. Looking at the Kacaba notes, I would have to go with the proper vineyard management assessment, because they took the fruit off at the beginning of October and the rains started in early September. They treated the fruit and resulting wine very well, giving it a 12-month home in half new French oak (the rest was used oak, but also all French). All this culminated in a wine with such wonderful presence and mouthfeel. The nose is particularly alluring with red fruit, namely strawberry and raspberry, along with herbs and spices. The palate is first and foremost earthy and tannic, which makes me feel that this one has good aging potential over the next 5-7 years. But underneath the tannins and earth lies cinnamon spiciness along with a nice touch of anise on a dry finish. You could enjoy this wine for this Thanksgiving, but might I suggest buying now and lying it down for Thanksgiving 2009 or 10 for even greater rewards. Price: $18.95
Pinot Noir
Niagara Peninsula
at the winery

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