(TORONTO, ON) – If you have seen the great Woody Allen film Annie Hall, with Allen and Diane Keaton, then you will know there is nothing to be ashamed of about being in therapy. In fact, Woody and Diane almost take being in therapy to a boasting level while contemporaneously exposing the theory-driven analysts with an answer to all problems, based just on textbooks.
Being an internet journalist, there are few benefits available, let alone any salary. Why would anyone break their typing finger and exhaust themselves fighting a losing game where creativity and passion for entertaining journalism leads to nothing but a few thousand hits, a free dinner or two, and perhaps a dozen free bottles of wine a year?
Logically speaking, as the late Dr Spock would say, such a person would benefit from some therapy.
However, this is Ontario where medical benefits are severely rationed and psychiatric care is rather sparse. The Square is so totally cheap, I have decided to take matters into my own hands and enrol in some therapy at my own expense.
In this case, there is no comfortable couch and well trained soothing words, but rather a bottle of wine going by the name of Therapy 2011 Pinot Noir, from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
As I can’t afford a real therapist, nor afford to quaff the real Pinot Noir stuff from Burgundy, I’ll go with a much cheaper version from BC.
I have had some dandy Pinot Noir from the Okanagan before. For example, Meyer Family Vineyards can compete with top level French, Oregonian, or Zealie Pinot Noir. I am hoping this Therapy wine won’t lead to any breakdown or phobias and shatter my trust of British Columbia Pinot Noirs.
I pull out my special Pinot Noir glass and get ready for some Therapy.
I love the label with some sort of colourful blotch on it. I think it reminds me of my mother or is it an upside-down clown? I suppose, only the therapist knows the right answer.
It’s just a bit more purple and dark than I’d expect from an Okanagan Pinot Noir. Initially the aromas come across a bit grapey, but with some air. It takes a few moments to settle down and discover its inner psyche.
There are loads of rich red raspberry, black cherry, cassis, chocolate, and coconut on the nose; the latter giving it some exoticism for a Pinot Noir.
On the palate, it’s a bit thin and tart. It lacks the sophistication and elegance of an outstanding Pinot Noir, for sure. Thin notes of diluted cherry and assorted black fruits with a brackish finish. It lacks an inner soul, despite its robust and interesting non Pinot Noirish aromas.
Perhaps some testosterone gel should be prescribed. A disappointing and limp Pinot Noir saved only by its interesting nose.
I am now in crisis about British Columbia Pinot Noir. If only I could afford a real therapist.
(Therapy 2011 Pinot Noir, BC VQA Okanagan Valley, Therapy Vineyards, Naramata British Columbia, 750 mL, 11.7%, LCBO #404236, $24.95, Square Media Group Rating 81/100).
Interesting. My subconscious was rattling me and taunting me by saying this is an attempt to create a Niagara Pinot Noir. Therapy’s winemaker, Steven Latchford, graduated from Niagara College Teaching Winery in 2004. Obviously he took a bit of Ontario red winemaking to British Columbia.