Vintage               2014

Alc./vol.             12.3%

Available           Winery Direct, Winery Online


GOLD, National Wine Awards of Canada, 2016           


100% sourced from our Estate North Block, planted 2001 and 2002.

Winemaking Description

As with all of our JCR bottlings, this Pinot Noir was selected barrel by barrel from the 2014 Harvest of Estate Grown fruit, aging in our cellar blasted deep in the PEC limestone. Aged in French oak, predominantly 265 L hogsheads, about 60% new oak was used and it remained in barrel on fine lees without racking for nearly 17 months. The final blend was assembled with no fining or filtration prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

Well-structured Pinot Noir, with lots of red berries and hints of smokiness on the nose; on the palate layers of raspberry, cherry and black current flavours along with dried herbs and smoky characters, long and lingering finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions

This pinot noir pairs well with a wide range of foods, beautifully with charcuterie and cold cuts, seared salmon and tuna, or gamier meats like roasted duck breast with plum sauce, or rosemary spring lamb. Also lovely with aged cheddar cheese.

Critical Acclaim

“A nose by any delicacy with aromas of cherry, cranberry and purple. Equally delicate palate with light tannins and a medium to high acidity. A silky texture. A beautiful expression of Pinot Noir.” Score 92 Michelle Bouffard, WineAlign.com

“Supple with sweet plum and cherry fruit. Quite elegant with plums, cherries and a touch of raspberry. Nice freshness and acidity here.” Score 91/100 Jamie Goode UK wine journalist wineanorak.com

“The ace '14 season has brought Dan Sullivan's prodigal son into its finest pinot noir moment. The purity and clarity of red cherry brightness will always be the liquid star and limestone the vessel… A best in show pinot noir is a thing of beauty and on this particular day, a serious win for the County. Drink 2017-2023.” Score 92 Michael Godel, WineAlign.com

“This is a light pinot, very much in the PEC style. It is also utterly charming. Expect pale ruby colour. The nose shows lifted cran-cherry, floral and gently applied oak spice, toast and vanillin. All well fitted. It's light bodied in the pinot realm but right on cue for the County, especially in this lighter vintage. It's pretty, even and the length is excellent. Score 90 David Lawrason, WineAlign.com

“Joli nez de cerise, poivré; attaque mûre, franche et juteuse, mais aussi une certaine fermeté en fin de bouche, sans verdeur ni rusticité. Très bon pinot noir, savoureux dès maintenant grâce à sa vigueur fruitée, mais pouvant aussi se développer davantage au cours des 3 ou 4 prochaines années.” Nadia Fournier, WineAlign.com

“A wonderful nose of dark berries and forest floor, pomegranate and a wee bit of eucalyptus, with great minerality and acidity to balance out a palate rich in plums and black tea. Nice length. Pair it with game meats, mushroom dishes, turkey with cranberry sauce.” Score 91 Ted McIntyre, travelinggolfer.net