Producer: Liten Buffel
Region: Niagara Escarpment AVA
Vineyard: 69% Perfetto Vineyard, 31% Quast Vineyard
Grapes: 100% pinot noir
ABV: 12%
Price: $21*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Liten Buffel 2017 “Parking Lot;” Pinot Noir

Liten Buffel 2017 "Parking Lot;" Pinot Noir

90 points

Savory on the nose. There are layers of aged balsamic, salt-roasted beets and dried strawberries with a sprinkling of dried herbs and citrus zest.

There is a bit more fruit on the lithe palate in the form of fresh-crushed strawberries and red cherries, but also stem nuances and a distinct note of gravelly soil. Complex and lively, it turns a bit floral as it warms with some orange peel peeking through as well.

This would have been in my wine club if it hadn't sold out quickly.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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