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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Unsworth Vineyards Pinot Noir
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16½/20

Unsworth Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaRipe cherry and red plums greet the nose, along with some very proper violets and a scent of damp earth. There's an herbal fragrance too, but a lovely one of sweet thyme, oregano and citrus cumin. A lightweight palate is alive with tart cranberry, cherry, and raspberry, and woodsy herbs. Pitch-perfect acidity and mild tannins drive a savoury finish on this charming pinot that starts on a pretty fruit note and moves earthward. The vineyard is called Saison, and it's planted with tiptop Burgundian clones. The wine sees 15 months in used French oak barrels. With restrained alcohol of just 11.2%, this wine embodies the virtues of Island wine. It'll sing with grilled or baked local salmon, and I paired it successfully with wine-braised mushrooms and thyme served over polenta.Tasted: 09 September 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 26.00 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Unsworth VineyardsDistributors: Storied Wines & Spirits
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 303586UPC: 626990259008