2017 Pinot Noir Reserve
- Tasting Notes
Striking berry red in colour. Look not for sheer butt-kicking audacity; rather a lean and clean chassis with a soft perfumed nose that floats tart raspberry, strawberry, red currant, cherry, plum, cranberry components. With very laid back oak treatment (10 per cent new oak), the recurring berry fruit flavours are garnished with faint floral notes, orange peel and cocoa powder upon aeration in the glass while the acidity provides definition to the textured finish.
- Food Pairings
Smoked or grilled pork and chicken
Earthy Flavours – mushrooms, root vegetables, lentils or garlic
Asian Cuisine – sweet and salty combos such as Peking duck, hoisin glazed pork roast
Fish – tuna, swordfish and salmon
Cheese – brie, aged goat and cheddar
Jun 30, 2015
This is a very intense, complex and powerful pinot with some County leanness and sourness. The aromatic lift is very impressive with cran-currant, wood smoke, some rhubarb and all kinds of spice. Quite juicy with firm tannin. A touch of VA in the background. Excellent length. Best now to 2019. Tasted June 2016 – DL
Sep 15, 2016
“Two words about this wine before I go any further “Awww Yeah”. The nose is soft and delicate Red Cherry with whispers of Violet buried under all that fruit. When the wine works its way over your palate the Cherry flavours dominate this wine. But when you work your way into the second … and your third sip subtle baking spice, hints of earthiness, and a hint of the violet notes linger for awhile. The finish is very clean with nice acidity. A wine like this presents a dilemma for the consumer… Do I enjoy this with food, perhaps a nice mushroom risotto or a piece of lamb… or do I enjoy this without food? There really isn’t a wrong answer to this question.”
John Szabo, MS
Aug 17, 2016
Huff’s pinot noir from relatively young vines seems to get better with each passing vintage. The 2014 is a lovely, high-toned, classically-styled cool climate example, finely detailed and elegant, tender yet taught and firm. Tannins are very nicely managed, fine-grained and light, and the long finish is carried on ripe acids, with a vaguely soft and sweet impression. An inviting amalgam of tart red fruit, dried flowers and composted leaves lingers. Drink or hold short term. Tasted August 2016.
Feb 02, 2017
No time passes before realization sets in. This is not just more incredible lightness of PEC pinot noir being but a wondrous example of advanced and furthered. The chrestomathy is understood, from the excellence of these vineyards, this geology and what magic compels pinot noir into such a lithe and ethereal state. Others do so in the County in similar ways but Huff’s is the one to match the fantasy with perfectly dark fruit extracted reality. This has blessed commercial appeal and immense structure. The tannins are fine-spun, perfectly planar, parallel to the fruit and together they will travel in synch for many years. The tension on the finish seals the deal, on the edge of bitter and with that first sip still in mind. Drink 2019-2025. Tasted February 2017.