Pinot noir

Aro­matic, sub­tle, com­plex, el­e­gant, Pinot is such a star, mar­vel­lous with grilled sal­mon, roast duck, game birds, char­cu­terie…

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Gen­tly made from Hid­den Bench’s own or­gan­i­cally cer­ti­fied, low-yield vine­yards, Hid­den Bench Es­tate Pinot Noir VQA (VINTAGES ESSENTIALS 274753, $31.95) is un­fil­tered but full of light and clar­ity. De­cant it to let the black cherry and dam­son fruit emerge and to re­veal the spicy nu­ances of ex­pres­sion that are tightly wound around the lu­cidly tangy core. This is a wine that re­pays your full at­ten­tion.

Who­ever said Bur­gundy was chal­leng­ing? Al­bert Bi­chot Bour­gogne Pinot Noir AOC (LCBO 166959, $19.95) makes it all seem so easy—a clas­sic nose of rasp­berry and cherry with a slightly woodsy un­der­note, friendly acid­ity and ripe, juicy fruiti­ness. The grapes grow on old vines which helps ex­plain the mul­ti­ple lev­els of flavour that tease the palate.

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