Tasting #8 – 2007s 3rd Round

Caps Corks Capsules 2007 BC Pinot Noirs Tasting 8

Caps Corks Capsules 2007 BC Pinot Noirs

Pinot noirs from the Similkameen Valley, Okanagan Falls, Peachland, Summerland, Skaha Bench and West Kelowna

“light floral,cherry,balsamic, celery seed” – EU
“long finish , well balanced, huckleberry going into smoked oyster, cedar” – AKG

 

Name of WinePriceQualityValue
#1 Orofino Pinot Noir 2007$32.00B- ~ 90C to C+ ~ 87
#2 Noble Ridge Pinot Noir 2007$28.00C- ~ 84 C- ~ 84
#3 Greata Ranch Pinot Noir 2007$20.00C+ to B- ~ 89B- ~ 90
#4 Bonitas Pinot Noir 2007$30.00B- to B ~ 91C+ ~ 88
#5 Pentage Pinot Noir 2007$30.00B- ~ 90 C ~ 86
#6 Mount Riley Pinot Noir 2007 (New Zealand) $30.00C to C+ ~ 87C ~ 86
#7 Quails' Gate Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2007$45.00B- to B ~ 91 C- to C ~ 85

#1 Orofino Pinot Noir 2007  12.8%

Quality Rating: B- ~ 90    Value Rating: C to C+
Price: $32.00

Eye
LC: Garnet, pale at rim    BG: Medium depth, stewed plum rim, pink with touch of orange    AKG: Rose almost dusky    PAK: pale bricky tint    EU: Dark brownish red

Nose
LC: Dry/dusty or smoky with hint of cherry    BG: Rhubarb, touch of dry cherry, overall impression of dry strawberry bit of alcohol noticable on swirl    AKG: Fruity smoky, citric notes?    PAK: Fruity,cherries    EU: Anise, cherry, toast, earth, dark red fruit

Palate
LC: Sweet fruit-tart cherry and creamy. Good acid/balance. light body. fairly simple. Developed a lot in the glass over the 1 hour. Wood started to fade back    BG: Flat sweet cherry, dry cherry juice, unpleasant sour end, this persisted even after it had been open for a while    AKG: Acidic, slight oak in fnish, fruity, cherries    PAK: Tannic but promising    EU: Ripe wild cherry, good acidity, long finish, medium body, slight bittergreens at finish

Notes:
Closure – cork

Orofino Pinot Noir – Current Vintage & Availability

 

#2 Noble Ridge Pinot Noir 2007 14.6%

Quality Rating: C– ~ 84    Value Rating: C-
Price: $28.00

Eye
LC: Garnet almost to rim,bright    BG: light/med depth, garnet rim    AKG: Cherry going to garnet    PAK: Cherry coloured    EU: Garnet

Nose
LC: Hints of cedar, some fruit in background ?/strawberry    BG: Fresh peppery strawberry, roundness in fruit. Sweetness at tip of tongue. after opening more – curry?    AKG: Earthy, mineral    PAK: Vanilla , cherries    EU: slight cherry, smoke,light earth

Palate
LC: Sour fruit tannins & acid overpower any fruit. Medium long finish-quite tart    BG: Simple longish  with lovely acidity, bit of tannin on end. long cherry aftertaste, bitterness grew  a little more as it opened up    AKG: tannic, rather flat, bitterness    PAK: Nothing distinctive, shortened tart end    EU: cooked plum, barnyard, earth, cherry, light oak on finish

Notes:
Closure – cork

Noble Ridge Pinot Noir – Current Vintage & Availability

 

#3 Greata Ranch Pinot Noir 2007 14%

Quality Rating: C+ to B– ~ 89    Value Rating: B-
Price: $20.00

Eye
LC: Red to rim    BG: Cherry rim, light    AKG: Cherry, glossy    PAK: warm red, purplish tinge    EU: brown. purple

Nose
LC: Cherry,hint of cinnamon,slight barnyard    BG: Bit pomegranate lilting fruit, black cherry,dried cherry,bit of strawberry not a classic pinot style    AKG: barnyard, fruity    PAK: Cheese,no fruity smell at first    EU: Light floral,cherry,balsamic, celery seed

Palate
LC: Slightly hot, tart cherry, slightly creamy: quite well balanced re acid/tannins,lively delicate. Finish medium and it drops off.    BG: Plenty of pomegranate tinged acidity, more oregon or NZ soft fruit at beginning   AKG: fruity, strawberries hint of charcoal?    PAK: Sweet, pleasant not spectacular    EU: good acidity, caramel, cooked cherry,light almond,roast nuts, burnt sugar!

 Notes:
Closure – cork

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards Pinot Noir – Current Vintage & Availability

 

#4 Bonitas Artist Series Pinot Noir 2007 12.5%

Quality Rating: B- to B ~ 91    Value Rating: C+
Price: $30.00

Eye
LC: Purple to rim, deep    BG: Purple rim, medium depth. Beautiful rich colour at centre    AKG: Purple    PAK: Purple    EU: bright blue, purple

Nose
LC: Barnyard, cinnamon, slight meatiness, plum, big    BG: Boiled beetroot, cherry juice, grapey, flowers    AKG: Spicy, fruitcake, caramel    PAK: Barnyard, strawberry , tar, apples    EU: dominant vegetal, compost. very ripe raspberry, & black cherry

Palate
LC: Plum, creamy, black tea, tannic, good acid, not subtle and finishes quite long    BG: Big fruit, long serious, dense, almost blackberry, silky    AKG: Very nicely balanced – great acidity, nice mouthfeel but not typical pinot noir, sauna flavour, plums/prunes    PAK: Round, mouth filling, long finish    EU: Strong raspberry cherry, oak, vanilla, sweet spice . good fullness, velvet texture, medium finish

Notes:
Closure – Composite cork

Bonitas Pinot Noir – Current Vintage & Availability

 

#5 Pentage Pinot Noir 2007 12.5%

Quality Rating: B- ~ 90    Value Rating: C
Price: $30.00

Eye
LC: Thin-garnet to brick    BG: Light garnet/brick throughout    AKG: Brown rose, thin looking    PAK: Pale, amber/rose tinge    EU: red-ruby

Nose
LC: Rhubarb,hints of barnyard & cheese    BG: Caramel,spoiled apple, bit of savoury caramel,old strawberry    AKG: gasoline    PAK: Spice, wood, medicinal    EU: dominant roses. sour cherry

Palate
LC: Sweet bigger mouth feel than colour would indicate , strawberry, acidic, some heat. finishes short to medium, caramel. well balanced    BG: Silky, savory caramel, quite long bit of alcohol burn    AKG: Long finish, well balanced, huckleberry going into smoked oyster, cedar    PAK: Ho hum, tart taste remaining in mouth, tastes like savory Italian red   EU: cherry,light oak in finish, clean

Notes:
Closure – cork

#6 Mount Riley Pinot Noir 2007 New Zealand 13%

Quality Rating: C to C+ ~ 87    Value Rating: C
Price: $30.00

Eye
LC: Red    BG: light cherry/garnet on rim    AKG: Garnet, a little dull looking    PAK: Cherry Coloured    EU: light red

Nose
LC: Crayon    BG: Eucalyptus, herbal, acidity attack, fresh fish, bit of cinnamon, rust, quite odd    AKG: Baked earth, rosemary, herbal, lemon, sweet strawberry tart    PAK: Cat pee, overrripe strawberries, satisfying    EU: cooked candied, cherry jam, slight grilled meat, celery seed

Palate
LC: Sweetness, berry fruit (cranberries?)iodine/spicy, white pepper. Very long finish    BG: Noticably wide and big in the mouth compared to previous wines,pomegranate acidity  cherry, dextrous flavour, bing cherry,mouth watering acidity    AKG: very souracidic, sour cherries. gets really sour almost like lemon juice edge of wood balances a little but not enough   PAK: Caramel , round, good balance    EU: herbal green with little fruit (light red fruits) (celery) short finish

#7 Quails’ Gate Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2007 14%

Quality Rating: B- to B ~ 91    Value Rating: C- to C
Price: $45.00

Eye
LC: Garnet, brick, deep colour    BG: Garnet/brick rim,light    AKG: pale brick    PAK: Reddish brown    EU: red slight brown

Nose
LC: Barnyard-strawberry and hint of baking spice (nutmeg/mace)    BG: Big, touch of tangy fruit, silky even on the nose, elegant fruit    AKG: vanilla, papaya, honeysuckle, tropical edge or pepper    PK: Strawberries, fruity, vanilla    EU: rubber,styrene plastic, compost, fruit?

Palate
LC: Barnyard-mild and sweet strawberry. well balanced. nice mouthfeel-light/med bodied quite long finish    BG: wave of full flavour seemingly without mass, big flavour throughout burnt match, very well balanced    AKG: a light fizz, vanilla fruity, baked peaches. crowd pleaser    PAK: Sweet, round, balanced, good!!    EU: rubber, burning plastic, tannin,fruit?

Notes:
Closure – Stelvin screwtop

Quails’ Gate Pinot Noir – Current Vintage & Availability

 

Tasting held May 24th 2011

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