Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Willow Springs Winery 2004 Pinot Noir - Testa Limited Reserve - $10.95 (new price)

Willow Springs does not grow all of their own Vinifera grapes, and the fruit they do bring in is from some of the best growers in Niagara. These Pinot Noir grapes come from the newly anointed grape king, Kevin Watson. This great first-timer Pinot is not only tasty, but a real head-scratcher, especially if you know the price of good Pinot Noir – how can something this good be so inexpensive? With its earthy red fruit (cherry, strawberry, raspberry) nose, and spectacular spices and herbs mingling with the vanilla, earth and cinnamon in the mouth. There’s also a great lengthy finish full of earth and black cherry. Great fruit and a willingness to make good wine at affordable prices – that’s what Willow Springs has always been about and this is a darn fine Pinot to prove it. In fact, it just might be what the turkey ordered; and although the holidays are over those frozen leftovers would welcome this little bit of jazzing up. Bon appetite.

This wine is even a better deal at its new lower price of 10.95 (reg. $13.95).

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