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"Nature" and "Nurture"...

By Marina La Forgia 

As well as “Nature” and “Nurture” are 2 similar words but with definitely a different meaning, these 2 wines are both a Pinot Noir from same Niagara terroir, the VQA Twenty Mile Bench, but they are quite opposite stylistically speaking! To see how one is so distinctive or complementary to the other, the best way is tasting them both side by side. These two wines are the result of trying to better understand the effect different yeast strains have on the fermentation process and how they influence in the expression of the final wine. The “Nature” one is made with indigenous unknown yeasts, whether the “Nurture” is made with some laboratory selected yeasts. It’s amazing to experience in the tasting how different wines they are! In the Nature, I felt in both nose and mouth the typical earthy and animal characteristics. On the other wine, the Nurture, I felt more the red fruit (cherry and strawberry), some spicy hints and tobacco flavors. Both together bring the total palette of descriptors of this rich and well-loved red grape variety! Honestly, I am really impressed with the quality and originality of Flat Rock Cellars wines and I also think these Canadian lands are a sublime terroir to produce amazing Pinot Noirs. Here a perfect example on how to do so 😉 If you want to try this unique package, you can only get it directly at


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