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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Le Clos Jordanne 2004 Pinot Noir, Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard (Twenty Mile Bench)

Le Clos Jordanne

2004 Pinot Noir, Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard
(Twenty Mile Bench)

One of the Single Vineyard designated wines of this fledging Niagara star Pinot producer, Le Clos Jordanne comes from the main vineyard that surrounds the eventual (one hopes) location of the Frank Gehry designed winery. For now the wines are vinified in a warehouse alongside the QEW highway, which flows (some would say overflows) with vehicles from Toronto through the Niagara Region to the US Border.

In this case, unlike Burgundy where “Clos” typically means an actual stone wall, the vineyard is enclosed by woods and the Niagara Escarpment, the long, skinny, rocky hill that runs hundreds of kilometers North to South, and is the main reason why this region can grow grapes – or peaches and cherries for that matter – at all.

Le Clos Jordanne is very forward on the nose with spice, mineral, cedar, warmth, and the minty herbal character that all the Le Clos Pinots possess. In the mouth it is all bright cherry fruit, with fullness, fresh acidity and ample tannins. It is quite a mouthful, and very Burgundian, as also noted by Appellation America's Regional Correspondent Tony Aspler, who found it "reminiscent of a Gevrey-Chambertin."

Reviewed May 17, 2007 by Craig Pinhey.

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The Wine

Winery: Le Clos Jordanne
Vineyard: Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Twenty Mile Bench
Grape: Pinot Noir
Price: 750ml $35.00

Review Date: 5/17/2007

The Reviewer

Craig Pinhey

Craig Pinhey is a professionally certified Sommelier, educator, wine judge, and wine writer. He is on the tasting panel for Wine Access, Canada's most respected wine magazine, and is the provincial wine columnist for the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal. Craig appears weekly on CBC Radio, and is regular beverage columnist for Halifax's The Coast, East Coast Living, Progress Magazine, and [here]: New Brunswick's Urban Voice. He prefers wines with mineral and earthy notes, distinct varietal fruit and regional character, and moderate alcohol so he can drink more of it.