Even at this affordable level, Chateau des Charmes shines a spotlight on personable and Niagara-bred Pinot Noir. Never heavy, always on point, the Chateau des Charmes way is to let the fruit do all the talking. What it says here on the nose is fresh strawberries, cherries, damp forest floor and underlying bramble notes. It’s medium-bodied on the palate with juicy red fruits, a touch of cassis, earth and lots of finesse and freshness through the finish. Great value for Pinot at this level. 88 (Rick VanSickle)