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HandCraft Pinot Noir 2010

Last evening we joined some friends at a local brew pub for some almost end of the week drinks. Known for their flagship Pale Ale and World Beer Cup Gold Winner Oatmeal Stout, it is a popular after work and weekend live music hangout. As I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of British and Belgian ales, so I really didn’t find anything tempting on their highly regarded beer menu. The wine menu had a standard assortment of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the like. I decided the HandCraft Pinot Noir 2010 would best suit my needs of catching up with friends I haven’t seen in ages and somewhat greasy bar snacks. Handcraft wines are a third generation family owned and operated winery, headed by Cheryl Indelicato. Her approach is to produce popular grape varieties in a fruit forward style, with the addition of classic Italian varietals to create accessible and distinctive wines.

Semi-translucent dark garnet with ruby highlights in colour, aromas of cherry and hints of damp earth swirled about in my glass. Friendly flavours of tart cherry, cranberry and sunny raspberry were trailed by whispers of rich vanilla in the light to medium body. Traces of chocolate merged with sweet spicy licorice and toasty oak in the brief yet satisfying finish. Smooth and easy drinking, this is a pleasant, crowd pleasing glass.

76% Pinot Noir, 9% Tempranillo, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Sangiovese, 3% Petite Sirah
Produced and Bottled by HandCraft Artisan Collection
13.5% Alcohol
$11 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2013

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