Pinot Noir gets its name from the dark color of the grapes, and the pine-cone shaped clusters they grow in on the vine. This thin-skinned grape is known to be a notoriously temperamental variety, and has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils – so finding a great bottle of Pinot Noir is a rare find.
Pinot Noir originally came from the Burgundy region of France, where the best Pinot Noir is still produced. Producers of refer to the grape as red Burgundy, after the region where it’s made. Burgundy’s wines have flavors of ripe red berries, sweet black cherries, mushrooms and forest floor – like the smell you would get from freshly fallen damp leaves.
The vision for our Pinot Noir Reserve here at Monte Creek Ranch, was to nurture a true British Columbian representation of this elegant grape. We used French oak barrels to age this beauty to create a distinctive wine. Sweet floral notes greet you as you open the bottle and take your first inhale. Its medium body and smooth tannins give way to bright acidity and flavours of baked blueberries, strawberry preserves, cola, and toasted walnuts. The silky presence in the palate allows this wine to drink well now. The structured tannin promises graceful aging through 2028 and beyond. Enjoy with salmon, mushroom dishes, roast duck breast or pink peppercorn steak.
Pinot Noir is a wine that can be paired with ally types of foods – or to be enjoyed on it’s own as it is light enough in alcohol. So enjoy a Pinot Noir today – it would be rude not to!