When it comes to wine, I am by no means an expert, but I have come to enjoy my reds, loving the experience of trying different wines and I sometimes have a hard time keeping track of the ones that I’ve really appreciated. I will warn my readers, too, that I may not play by all the “wine rules” (you know, what goes with what, when to drink such-and-such, exact temperatures, etc.)…I just enjoy it. For me. If you are interested in what I think of today’s wine, then read on and if you think it sounds like a wine you’d like, I encourage you to give it a whirl!
Wine – Rosehall Run Defiant
Year – 2014
Type – Pinot Noir
Made In – Ontario, Canada
Price – $18.95 @ LCBO
I have really come to enjoy Pinot Noir on a lazy afternoon or evening (such as today 🙂 ) as I find them very light by nature, so if the whole bottle does find its way into my belly, I can still walk a straight line from the kitchen to the office. A friend of mine that also enjoys his red wines mentioned to me the other day that most people prefer a Pinot Noir with food, and that also if one really enjoys PN, then they are truly a “wine connoisseur” (I laughed at that, as I am far from being one of those 🙂 ). I, however, seem to prefer this lighter wine all by its lonesome…so take that as you will, and label me however…
This is the first time I have picked up any of this Ontario vineyards’ wines, and I was not disappointed! First off, I should say my Pinots of choice are Kim Crawford and Oyster Bay, neither of which are “domestics” to me, so I’m very happy that I’ve found a more local Pinot that I really enjoy. I will also be very honest and tell you that, really, the only reason I chose this one was due to the fact that my Cambridge-area LCBO stores were all out of Oyster Bay! Be that as it may, I am quite happy with my choice.
I always enjoy reading up a bit on wineries that I am trying for the first time, and the Rosehall Run site did not disappoint with their history (albeit relatively brief). Their vineyard is fairly young – planted in 2001, their focus was on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, which Ontario is very well known for. They have since expanded to others, including Pinot Gris. Check out their Facebook Page for up-to-date information from this great little VQA vineyard!
Now, on to the wine…as usual for a Pinot Noir, I found the colour lighter, yet full…not watery looking. As for the bouquet, this is where I will really stress that I’m not the best, but I definitely smelled the berry and oak flavours that come through when you drink this. I find the taste very smooth and not too overpowering, going down very nicely and with a little bit of a warm feeling after swallowing.
So, what will I be enjoying this with tonight? Well, the first glass or two are “pre-dinner” and then the rest will be paired with some gouda-topped burgers and Caesar salad…again, likely not what most people would “approve of” to go with a Pinot, but to them I say “To Each His Own”
I would love to hear from people on any Pinot Noirs that you enjoy…list ’em so I can give them a taste!