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Bachelder Ivy and Warren Pinot Noir Saunder Parcelle Bastext

Bachelder Ivy and Warren Pinot Noir Saunder Parcelle Bas 2021

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CanadaThe vines are grown on the Beamsville Bench and were planted in 2014 and 2011. Batchelder has the lock on ethereal and manages to stay out of the way of most wines he makes. Indeed, this Saunders Vineyard pinot wafts into your senses both on the nose and the palate, pitching subtle red berry with an underlying flinty, mineral, earthy carriage that runs from start to finish. The texture is sublime, silky, silty, and supremely balanced. The flavours are marginally more aggressive, offering dried red fruits and more complex herbals. Bacheldor says "Saunders Vineyard [exhibits the] Lake-effect and Bench-effect at once! In Niagara, the curves of the bench sometimes draw close to the lake - and sometimes don't! Saunders IS Bench, but it IS also closer to the Lake than any other bench site... and thus, is warmer fleshier Bench!" I thought Beaune was in the front, and Nuits-Saint-Georges was in the back. This is a winner. After indigenous yeast ferment and complete malolactic fermentation, it spends 20 months in used and neutral Burgundian coopered oak (second and third use).Tasted: 15 December 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
ON$49.95750mlwinery direct
Producer: Mary et Thomas Delaney-Bachelder et FillesDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: Pinot NoirUPC: 185729000736