Tasting #21 – 2011 Vintage 4th Round

Road 13 Jackpot Pinot Noir 2011 Label Detail

Road 13 Jackpot Pinot Noir 2011 Label Detail

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

Name of WinePriceQuality Value
#1 De Vine Pinot Noir (Okanagan Falls) 2011 $25.00C- to C ~ 85C- ~ 84
#2 Cherry Point Pinot Noir Reserve 2011$25.00C to C+ ~ 87C to C+ ~ 87
#3 Salton Volpi Pinot Noir (Brazil)$23.00C+ to B- ~ 89 C+ to B- ~ 89
#4 Road 13 Jackpot Pinot Noir 2011 $40.00B- ~ 90C ~ 86
#5 Inniskillin Dark Horse Estate Pinot Noir 2011 $25.00B+ ~ 94B+ ~ 94
#6 Red Rooster Pinot Noir Reserve 2011 $28.00B to B+ ~ 93 B ~ 92
#7 Silver Sage Winery The Passion Pinot Noir 2011 $25.00C to C+ ~ 87C to C+ ~ 87

#1  De Vine Pinot Noir 2011 12.8%

Quality Rating: C- to C ~ 85    Value Rating: C-
Price: $25.00

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De Vine Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011

Eye
BG: Pale, deep cherry/touch of purple.    AKG: Bright cherry – to purple.    EU: Dark magenta, brownish tone.

Nose
BG: Stewed round plum, boiled/candied plum, possibly spoiled    AKG: Citrus notes, berries, pepper.    EU: Distinct black cherry, pomegranate, light nose, floral.

Palate
BG: Not recognizably Pinot, dry, low acid, hot, medium grained tannins, the fruit is flat and simple. Slightly musty barrel finish with grape tannins not wood tannins.    AKG: Long flavour, pleasant, mulchy, savoury fruit. Fruit a bit dried out?    EU:  Tannic pomegranate, blueberry, light bitterness, dry finish with strong acid, unbalanced.

Notes:
Closure – cork

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#2 Cherry Point Pinot Noir Reserve 2011 12.5%

Quality Rating: C to C+ ~ 87    Value Rating: C to C+
Price: $25.00

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Cherry Point Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

Eye
BG:  Pale, ruby rim.    AKG: Rose, strawberry, glossy.    EU: Red, bright garnet or ruby.

Nose
BG:  Rich cherries, some sweet spice, vanilla, cinnamon, some beetroot. Bit porty, not especially pinot like.    AKG: Salty caramel, toasted wood, honeysuckle, roasted nuts, wet floor, strawberry.    EU:  Complex floral, (rose, jasmine), sweet red fruit (cherry, strawberries).

Palate
BG: Prominent acidity, pomegranate molasses, medium plus grippy tannins. Finishes tannic/musty/port.    AKG: Too acidic, grippy tannins, sour strawberries, disappointing after what the nose promised,. Maybe needs more cellar time? Pleasant aftertaste.    EU:  Strawberry, sour cherry, red currants, balance acidity/tannins. Sweet candy on finish. Medium long finish.

Notes:
From 100% estate fruit. Aged 10 months in barrel.  Closure – composite cork

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#3 Salton Volpi Pinot Noir (Brazil)  2011 13%

Quality Rating: C+ to B- ~ 89    Value Rating: C+ to B-
Price: $23.00

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Salton Volpi Pinot Noir 2011

Eye
BG: Pale.    AKG: Brick.    EU:  Garnet.

Nose
BG: Cherry, pomegranate, vanilla, savoury spice.    AKG: Toasted ginkgo nuts, cherries, roses, cigar, leather, creosote, liquorice, roasted beets.   EU: Distinct cigar, gaminess at first but blew off mostly then roast cherries, currents afterwards.

Palate
BG: Fresh cherries, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel, Sweet spice on nucleus of cherry, cough drop. Tastes warm climate with good backbone of acidity. Tannins relaxed.    AKG: Dark ripe cherries, very rich, nicely balanced with nice acidity.    EU: Cigar, tobacco, Porty cherry, balsamic vinegar, sharp acidic notes. No real tannins, quite soft.

Notes:
From the area Regao Da Campanha, 400 M above sea level.  6 months in French and American Oak.  Closure – Stelvin

#4  Road 13 Jackpot Pinot Noir 2011 13.3%

Quality Rating: B- ~ 90   Value Rating: C to C+
Price $40.00

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Road 13 Jackpot Pinot Noir 2011

Eye
BG: Pale depth. Just a bit of purple on the rim.    AKG: cherry, soft.    EU: Dark magenta.

Nose
BG: Grape bubblegum, cherry, sulphur, tar. Good length.    AKG: Candy, cherries, plums, vanilla, baking spices, orange.    EU: Sweet vanilla! Cherry, sandalwood, sweet fruit.

Palate
BG: Some grippy grape tannins. Very savoury. Good acidity.    AKG: Hits a nice low note, dark fruits, bit of an alcohol burn, nice tannic notes.    EU: Sweet vanilla, dark cherry, toasty oak, strawberry, very ripe fruit. Well-balanced acidity and tannins, Kirsch.

Notes:
The grapes for this wine are 100% pinot noir and were sourced from two vineyards, the Castle vineyard in the Golden Mile Sub-DVA (86%)and the Savard Vineyard in Summerland (14 %)

The grapes were cold soaked for 8 days before starting the fermentation with wild yeast by heating up the must. The grapes were then hand plunged. The wine was aged in French oak for 16 months – 15% new – and it was aged a further 4 months in stainless steel barrels.  This wine was neither fined, filtered or pumped in the process.

TA 6.0 g/l   RS .70 g/l pH 3.84
Silver Medal Winner – National Wine Awards of Canada 2014
143 Cases produced.  Closure – cork

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#5  Inniskillin Dark Horse Estate Pinot Noir  2011 13%

Quality Rating:  B+ ~ 94    Value Rating: B+
Price: $25.00

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Inniskillin Dark Horse Pinot Noir 2011

Eye
BG: Pale depth with ruby rim.    AKG: Cherry, glossy.    EU: Dark red/purple.

Nose
BG: Plum, cherry, vanilla, toasty oak.    AKG: Dark fruit, cinnamon, caramel, toasted oak, strawberries.    EU: Bright right cherry, pomegranate, sweet spicy toasty oak.

Palate
BG: Great balance, cherries, vanilla, oak, beautiful fruit, plum.    AKG: Nicely balanced, rich flavours, coffee, cherry, chocolate.    EU: Complex cherry, pomegranate, blueberry, dry tannins, sweet vanilla wood, good balance clean with medium long finish.

Notes:
From the Dark Horse Vineyard in the Golden Mile Sub-DVA. Closure – cork

Bronze – 2013 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
Silver – 2013 WINEALIGN NATIONAL WINE AWARDS
Honours – 2013 INTERVIN INTERNATIONAL WINE AWARDS

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#6  Red Rooster Pinot Noir Reserve 2011 12%

Quality Rating: B to B+ ~93    Value Rating: B
Price: $28.00

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Red Rooster Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

Eye
BG: Pale depth, ruby with a touch of garnet on the rim.    AKG: Garnet – brick.    EU: Bright ruby red.

Nose
BG: Pomegranate, beetroot, strawberry, elegant fruit.    AKG: Salty caramel, raspberries, blueberries, toasted notes, vanilla.    EU: Light red cherry, strawberry.

Palate
BG: Strawberries, soft, soprano fruit notes, tastes like my idea of Pacific Northwest pinot, pomegranate. Finish is plum.    AKG: Strawberries, nice acidity good balance, charcoal.    EU:  Light floral cherry, strawberry, became long. Lastly astringent finish with wild strawberries and cherries.

Notes:
The wine spent nine months in French oak barrels.
Silver – 2013 WineAlign National Wine Awards
478 cases produced.  Closure – Stelvin screwtop

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#7  Silver Sage Winery The Passion Pinot Noir 2011 13.5%

Quality Rating:  C to C+ ~ 87    Value Rating: C to C+
Price: $25.00

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Silver Sage The Passion Pinot Noir 2011

Eye
BG: Light to medium depth.    AKG: Purple.    EU: Dark red fruit.

Nose
BG: Pinot but Porty.    AKG: Candy, too sweet, sugar beets.    EU:

Palate
BG: Light port – strawberry, cherries.    AKG: Too sweet, berries, oak notes.    EU: This Pinot Noir taste like a very off dry dessert wine. Port, strong strawberry, dark cherry flavours with good body, no tannins and good balancing acidity.  Judged as dessert wine.

Notes:
Closure – Plastic cork

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Tasting Held January 13, 2015

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