Ontario Reviews

Norman Hardie 2011 Pinot Noir, Niagara Unfiltered
Norman Hardie has a new philosophy when it comes to his Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, and it came to him via New York: no longer are County and Niagara wines priced differently, now your choice is based on what you like not what you feel you can afford – “price should never be an issue,” says Norm. Thus both Pinot and Chard, Niagara and County are line-priced at $39.00. While that seemingly makes the choice easier, I think it makes it more difficult, because the wines coming out of Hardie’s place continue to be very good. Take this Niagara Pinot for instance, nose has pretty violet, cherry and strawberry, while the palate has wonderful cran-cherry, good acidity and a sweetly fruited mid-palate and fine tannins on the finish … all this means is that the wine is ultimately delicate and delicious – now how do you choose if they’re both are this way? Price: $39.00 – Rating: ****+
Pinot Noir
Prince Edward County
at the winery

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