2012 “Circle of Friends” Pinot Gris

Vineland Estates Winery
“Circle of Friends” 2012 Pinot Gris

Appellation: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol Percent: 13.0 %
LCBO Sweetness Descriptor: Dry
Residual Sugar g/L:  7.7 g/L
Brix at Harvest: 21.1˚Bx
Total Acid g/L: 5.37 g/L
Cases Produced: 102
Drinking Through: drinking through 2016
Service Temp.: 11 – 13 C
Bottle Size(s): 750ml
Decanting: No
Morning Shadow
This wine reflects its creator. It is pure coiled energy, vibrant, bright and extremely approachable. In addition, both greet the world with an outward shadow – Brian, with his perpetual “5 o’clock” and the Pinot Gris with its morning shade. There is also a unique edginess and sharp angularity to this wine that speaks metaphorically to the high banked and sometimes dicey headlands of the vineyard. Crisp Bosc pear with hints of Mutsu apple notes are all supported on a bight bed of lemon-lime citrus. The racy acidity keeps the wine refreshing and laser focused.

Cheese Pairing: Tomme de Grosse-lle
Producer: Fromagerie lle-aux-Grues
Location: L’Isle-aux-Grues, QC
Milk: Unpasteurized Cow’s Milk

Tomme de Grosse-Ile is a wonderful terroir driven cheese and like a good Canadian it tries to play peace keeper. The original cheese label shows Grosse-Île and the Celtic cross with the archipelago of Île-aux-Grues as a background. The colours surrounding the label pay homage to the Irish flag: green represents Irish Catholics; orange, English Protestants; and white symbolizing the hope for peace. This surface ripened cheese evolves wonderfully over the 5 to 6 months it ages. The rind has an orangey white hue with visible texture, we move through a beige nail to a yellow paste, which is punctuated with eyes. Notable aromas include mushroom, churned butter and pine needles. On the palate a creamy texture envelops your senses with butter, mushroom and acidulous fruit (think lime zest). Circle of Friends Pinot Gris shows lovely pear and lemon aromas mingling with subtle floral hints of apple blossom and honey. While ostensibly a contrast pairing, match and balance notes are underlying. Specifically the acidulous nature of the Pinot Gris pairing with the slight bitterness of the cheese.

Food Pairing:  Pickled Rhubarb Quinoa Salad