Wine of the Week for March 20, 2006

Stoney Ridge Bench Pinot Noir VQA 2004 - $12.95
Style: R1
Canada: Niagara

As we watch Pinot Noir prices disappearing into the ozone, it's nice to see one priced for the rest of us. The colour here is a pale ruby-garnet, while the nose suggests leather, currents and green tobacco, with a slight pickled impression. Quite light but flavourful, with currants and wood flavours supported by light tannins and firm acidity. Good body and length. A bit young at this stage so you may want to lay down a couple to see how it develops. Otherwise, pair it up with any white meats -- preferably roasted -- shepherd's pie or cold cuts. (LCBO 240903)

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