Emandare Vineyard

This profile is taken from a book-in-progress that I am writing about pinot noir in British Columbia. As well as examining where B.C. fits into the world of pinot noir, technical ...

Herder BC Pinot Noir 2010 Label Detail

B.C. Pinot Noirs 2010 Reviews – From the Okanagan, Similkameen &  Cowichan Valleys Vs. Carneros #27

Wines From the Okanagan, Similkameen &  Cowichan Valleys Meet One From Carneros EU: Wild Rose, potpourri, tangerine, sweet spice AKG: spicy, floral, nasturtium, cherry notes in ending BG: Very silky ...

Zanatta Pinot Nero 2009 Label Detail

Tasting #26 – More 2009s

  Pinot Noirs from Creston, Vancouver Island, Oliver and a “guest pinot” from the Willamette Valley Licorice, caramel, red fruits, pepper tingle with balanced acidity – EU Low tannins and ...

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VIWF 2017 “Must Taste” Canadian Pinot Noirs

“Must Taste” Canadian Pinot Noir – Vancouver International Wine Festival There will ...

VIWF 2017 Preview – Canadian Pinot Noir Part 3

  Tasting 50 Quality Canadian Pinot Noirs in One Room The 2017 ...

VIWF 2017 Preview – Canadian Pinot Noir Part 2

  Taste 50 B.C. & Ontario Pinot Noirs in One Room The ...

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VIWF 2017 Preview – Canadian Pinot Noir Part 1

Taste 50 Different Canadian Pinot Noirs in One Room The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival runs from February 11-19 and offers pinotphiles a special opportunity to taste some outstanding pinot noirs from both British Columbia and Ontario. Thus far confirmed, thirty-two wineries (including four from Ontario) will be pouring fifty different pinot noirs.   Many of […]

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Kettle Valley Pinot Noir Hayman 2005 Label Detail

#25 Kettle Valley Winery – Vertical 1998-2005

Single Vineyard & Reserve Wines Plus A Beaune Premier Cru Forest floor,Sherry, red liqorice .  – AKG Nice cranberry, strawberry, herbal, horehound.  – EU Roses and cherries with depth, truffle, earth – raspberries  – BG 20+ Pinot Noir Vintages Kettle Valley Winery is one of a handful of BC wineries who have been making pinot […]

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BC Pinot Noir Averill Creek label detail

#24 Averill Creek Vertical 2012-2005

Road Trip To A Rare Tasting At Averill Creek Caramel, blueberry. Bright fruit – good acid tannins very smooth and soft tangerine came out later. Beautiful wine – hold  – LC Sour cherries and savoury herbs. Leave in cellar – taste every two years and make sure there is a case left in 20 years […]

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Tantalus Pinot Noir 2007 Label Detail

Tasting #23 – 2007s & 2008s

Wines from Lake Country, Kelowna, Narmata and a guest pinot noir from  California’s Anderson Valley Strawberry, sweet vanilla, watermelon, creamy on finish – EU Charred. Fruity but way too overpowered by smokiness. – LC Silky texture. Barrel marked, blueberry, plum – BG #1 Arrowleaf Solstice Pinot Noir 2007 13.8% Quality Rating:  C to C+ ~ […]

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Tasting #22 – 2012s and 2011

Wines from West Kelowna, Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls and a guest pinot from Oregon Dark chocolate, velvety smooth tannins, grilled herbs, balsamic note mid back palate. – VS Well-balanced complex fruit. Tantalizingly subtle! – Jacquelin G Smoky – dark toast, wood, dark fruits (blackberry, cherry), forest floor. – EU #1  Mission Hill Red Barn Pinot Noir […]

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Inniskin Dark Horse Pinot Noir 2011 Label Detail

Tasting #21 – 2011 Vintage 4th Round

Pinot Noirs from the the Golden Mile, Okanagan Falls, Cobble Hill, Penticton, Oliver and a “Guest Pinot” from Brazil Sweet vanilla, dark cherry, toasty oak, strawberry, very ripe fruit… – EU Salty caramel, raspberries, blueberries, toasted notes, vanilla… – AKG #1  De Vine Pinot Noir 2011 12.8% Quality Rating: C- to C ~ 85    Value […]

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Sirens Call Pinot Noir 2010 Label Detail

Tasting #20 – The 2010s Third Round

Tasting Pinot Noirs from Summerland, Naramata, Kelowna, Abbotsford and a “Guest Pinot” from Burgundy Good strawberry, sour dark cherry, Kirsch, floral (Jasmine, rose). – EU Great mouthfull, well-balanced, Rainier cherries, salmonberries, huckleberries, baking spices, easy to get lost in… – AKG #1 Silkscarf Pinot Noir 2010 13% Quality Rating: C- to C ~ 85    Value […]

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Moraine Pinot Noir 2012 Label Detail

Tasting #19 – Round Two 2012s

Wines from the Penticton/Naramata Bench,Kelowna, Oliver and a Guest Pinot from Oregon Evolved amazingly – LC Layered, aromatic fruit plus some barrel markings – BG Big smoky/chocolate/espresso nose. Fruit is not obvious, very distinctive – EH #1 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir 2012  13% Quality Rating: B ~ 92    Value Rating: B to B+ […]

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Fort Berens Pinot Noir 2012 Label Detail

Tasting #18 – 2012 Vintage First Round

Wines from Summerland, Cobble Hill, Lake Country, Lillooet and a ringer from New Zealand Medium long finish but very appealing, nicely balanced, elegant – feminine – LC Rose, cigar, smoke, earth, complex – EU Vanilla, oak, cloves, floral, roses, effortlessly beautiful, pine, forest floor, cross currents of cherry, raspberry – projected bouquet. – BG #1 […]

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La Frenz Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 Label Detail

Tasting #17 – More Pinot Noirs from 2011

Cedar Creek Platinum Blocks 2 & 4, Meyer McLeans Creek Rd.  a Ken Wright guest pinot and world champion Martin’s Lane Bright acidity, cranberry, plum, white pepper tingle. – EU Doesn’t taste like pinot exactly – dark fruit. – AKG Juicy acidity, long, dances between fresh and savoury fruit. – BG #1 Carson Pinot Noir […]

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