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Wine Recommendation

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

Le Clos Jordanne

2004 Pinot Noir, Claystone Terrace
(Twenty Mile Bench)

Another Single Vineyard Pinot from Le Clos Jordanne, the Claystone Terrace was the favourite of mine and many other members of the wine media who attended the official winery launch in the fall of 2006.

Vineyard Manager and Winemaker Thomas Bachelder must have noticed something about this terroir to consider it separately, and several tastings have proven him correct. This site seems to produce the most ethereal aromatics of all the Le Clos Jordanne Pinots, with a very pretty, floral character, loads of cherry fruit, and – for me and at least one other taster during the last opportunity I had with these wines – a pleasant, old world, soft cheese lactic note. "Like St. Andre," we agreed. Cheese puffs, anyone?

Claystone is very Burgundian on the palate: refined, elegant, with fresh acidity, good fruit, and balance. Overall it is simply an excellent wine.

Reviewed May 17, 2007 by Craig Pinhey.

The Wine

Winery: Le Clos Jordanne
Vineyard: Claystone Terrace
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.