Producer: Vermilion Valley Vineyards
Region: Lake Erie AVA (Ohio)
ABV: 13%
Price: $18*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Vermilion Valley Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir

Vermilion Valley Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir

88 points

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.

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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