We have not released a Cuvée L Pinot Noir since 2015, and it is only made in the best years. Our 2020 vintage is simply spectacular. This year’s blend is 66% Prince Edward County fruit and 33% Niagara fruit.
A blend of 60% Niagara Pinot Noir and 40% County Pinot Noir. Each component was fermented separately, in small batches using indigenous yeasts. Aged separately for 8 months in French Oak barriques. After initial aging period the Niagara and County Components were blended together then put back into neutral oak for an additional 8 months.
2014 began as a cooler vintage, but we received hot, dry weather through September which developed fruit with exceptional phenolic ripeness and complexity, while still retaining lively acids. This is a special bottling, only done in the finest vintages.
John Szabo MS , WineAlign
Only one of four cuvée "L" pinots made since 2007, this is in my view the best yet. From 70% Niagara and 30% County fruit, eight barrels were made, aged in 40% new wood for the first eight months, and then another year in all old wood before bottling. I love the improbable depth and fleshiness at just 11.2% alcohol, the tangy acids, the dense red berry fruit, the supple texture and ripe tannins. Acids are ripe but sharp and well-defined, and the length is excellent. There's a fine salty bitterness that extends through the finish. Superb.
This is a 70% blend of Niagara Pinot Noir and 30% County Pinot Noir. Each of the components were fermented separately. Aged separately until November 2013 and then blended and put back to old Fench oak barrels for an additional 6 months.This is the 3rd bottling of "Cuvee L" Pinot Noir since our first vintage in 2004. The richness in this wine comes from the grapes grown on the heavier clay soils of Niagara; this is balanced by the vibrant and delicate fruit from the lighter calcareous soils of Prince Edward County.
Our "L" series wines are only made in the finest of years. Typically a blend decided for the specific year, the Cuvee "L" combines the lighter, more aromatic County wines with the more full bodied Niagara wines. The sum of the parts (two different terroirs) allow us to make a very complex wine. This is a blend of 60% Niagara fruit and 40% County fruit. The wine was initially aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. It was then blended and put back to oak for 6 months.
Ian D'Agata , Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Knockout aromas of red cherry, raspberry jelly, smoke and mocha. Enters the mouth rich and pure, then turns chewy and sweet, with ripe red berry and cherry flavors lifted by harmonious acidity. Finishes with a creamy mouth feel and a lingering red cherry quality. Made from a blend of 60% Niagara and 40% Prince Edward County fruit; interestingly, about half of the Niagara fruit grows in the warmer terroir of the St. David's Bench sub-appellation. Outstanding pinot noir, and very typical of Ontario: graceful, fresh and very minerally, altogether different from those of New Zealand and Oregon. The average vine age is 12 years and the crop level is the equivalent of a little more than 1 kilogram of grapes per plant (Niagara plantings are not as dense as the County ones).