| Five Rows Craft Wine
St David’s, Ontario
| Winemaker, Wes Lowrey
| Pinot Noir 2007
| Available Online and at the Winery
I discovered Five Rows Winery on a fairly recent winery hopping trip through the St David’s bench with wine writer Rick VanSickle. We opened the door, and stepped into what appeared to be the barrel cellar. Wilma Lowrey quickly walked over to greet us, taking us through the deep history of the Lowery family and the farm that they’ve operated for over five generations. Howard, Wilma, and their son Wesley operate the winery, creating ultra small quantities of wine that best exemplify the unique terroir of their property.
“Everything you see, well that’s our operation.” Wilma said, as she pointed to the barrels in front of us, and the candid tasting table behind us near the door.
Five Rows produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc from a 35-acre vineyard.
As I stare at the bottle of Pinot Noir in front of me, a few characteristics immediately stand out. The label is eye catching and simple, it is one of the most distinguishable wine labels (from an Ontario producer) that I have seen. Then I notice the hand markings. Bottle 279 out of 1188, the marked vintage, the case production and alcohol content on the back. All signs that either Five rows is indeed a micro operation, or that’s its about the personal touch. Maybe both. Only 50 cases of this Pinot have been produced and they’re selling quickly.
Cracked open, there are plenty of forward tannins which indicate the cellaring potential of the wine. Lots of dark fruit, barniness, and earthiness. It’s a wine that is best put aside for a few years and then enjoyed.
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Written by Suresh Doss
Suresh Doss is the publisher of SpotlightToronto.com and Rickshawmag.com. Founder of the Food Truck Eats festival, Suresh has been a pioneer for the Street food movement in Toronto. In 2011, He was awarded the VQA Promoter’s Award for outstanding achievement in the Media category in the promotion of Ontario VQA Wines. Suresh is also the Global Editor for Whitecap’s StreetEats series of travel guides, which focuses on the best street food across North America.