Beamsville Bench, Ontario
Angels Gate Pinot Noir 2009
Niagara Peninsula VQA
Angels Gate Winery has produced a wonderful pinot noir for $15. Wow. This light burgundy-coloured wine exhibits aromas of cherry, cola, cigar box and old leather. Its light bodied with fine tannins that balance flavours of cherry, cola and light vanilla.
Pinot noir is a notoriously finicky grape to grow, and requires specific conditions to keep this thin skinned grape maturing properly on the vine. Crop loss and extra care that goes into the grape often leads to prices that are higher for pinot noir than lower maintenance grapes. Angels Gate has done a superb job at this price point and I definitely want to try their 2009 Mountainview Pinot Noir that sells for $24. If you are ever in Niagara, check out the 10 year old winery outside the town of Beamsville. It’s lead by Australian winemaker Philip Dowell who has also worked for Wirra Wirra in Australia and Inniskillin here in Canada. The winery itself is a renovated mission-style building on a vineyard-lined back road close to a handful of other great wineries.