Assessed By: Adrian Bryksa
Available At: The Ferocious Grape, Oak and Vine Wine and Spirits
A quick review this week for a wine whose producer, Rustico Cellars hail from Oliver, British Columbia. Their production consists of 8 wines and we sampled the 2008 Doc’s Buggy Pinot Noir. Rustico combines a small production of old vines with procured grapes from local growers. They claim to produce Canada’s most romantic vines and while we aren’t sure exactly what that means, lets hope that what’s in the bottle stirs up something inside. This wines takes its name from the 1902 Baynes Carriage that resides on the Rustico property.
Out of the bottle, this 13.5% Pinot has a light cherry red hue moving to orangish pink on its edges. It is very light it terms of depth of color and viscosity. The nose has a hint of smoky, creamy cherry along with signature pinot spice / funk and is very light on the palate with low levels of extraction. It shows a titch of bitterness on the finish, with dry tannin and short length. Do something fun with this one and pair it up with something kinda spicy food wise, perhaps some Thai or Cantonese.
Conclusion: This is a decent expression of BC Pinot Noir, especially considering its price. Give it some glass time and cool it down to around 13 degrees Celsius before service.
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