* Review sample provided by the winery
Vermilion Valley Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir
A uniquely delicious expression of pinot noir from the shores of Lake Erie.
Just opened, the nose is a bit muted, but give it some time in the glass (or decant if you're into that sort of thing) and dark cherry aromas emerge backed by notes of raw porcini mushrooms, black pepper, and some stemmy woodsiness.
Brooding dark berry fruit dominates a palate that shows both nice freshness and a bit of tannic structure. Higher-tone floral notes and more of that distinct peppery edge almost make this pinot seem syrah-like. The finish is medium in length and features cherry skin and a subtle earthiness.
Tasted blind, I'm not sure I'd be able to call this out as pinot noir, but maybe this is what pinot tastes like from Ohio in the Lake Erie AVA. I'll have to explore more to find out.