Tasting #4 – A Taste of the 2008 Vintage

Caps Corks Capsules 2008 BC Pinot Noirs Tasting 4

Caps Corks Capsules 2008 BC Pinot Noirs

Standouts from Penticton, Summerland, West Kelowna and Lillooet!  A “guest pinot” from New Zealand

“Sweet nose, earthy-dusty, spices (? mace, cinnamon, overlying strawberry & caramel” – LC
“Bright fruit, nice acid & tannin, a hint of spiciness, (vanilla, cloves, nutmeg)” – KM

 

Name of WinePriceQualityValue
#1 Fairview Eagle Bluff Estates – Crooked Post Pinot Noir 2008$33.00B ~ 92B- to B ~ 91
#2 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008$20.00C- to C ~ 85C- ~ 84
#3 Black Cloud Alto Stratus Pinot Noir 2008$35.00C+ to B- ~ 89C to C+ ~ 87
#4 Fort Berens Pinot Noir 2008$20.00B ~ 92B- ~ 90
#5 Howling Bluff Pinot Noir 2008$26.00B- ~ 90B- ~ 90
#6 Staede Landt Pinot Noir 2008 (New Zealand)$26.00B ~ 92B ~ 92
#7 8th Generation Pinot Noir 2008$24.00B+ ~ 94A- ~ 96

#1 Fairview Eagle Bluff Estates – Crooked Post Pinot Noir 2008  12.5%

Quality Rating: B ~ 92  Value Rating: B- to B

Price: $33.00

Eye
LC: Very pale – watery near edge (rosé like). Garnet tones    BG: Very light, orange with a bit of brick   AKG: rose, blush, center- candy apple, pale garnet, high alcohol    JL: Orangey, rose-like, medium light colour    KM: Very light in colour    MW: Bluish to edge “Rose΄ ”

Nose
LC: Baked Strawberry, hint of violets, hint of vanilla – somewhat simple initially   BG: Sweet cherry, nutmeg, cinnamon, bit of heat, floral, orange blossom   AKG: Pine, strawberry, floral   JL: Strawberry-soda pop simplicity, slight notes of corn   KM: Cherry & Strawberry   MW: Sweet cherry , hint vegetal, mushroom developing

Palate
LC: Sweet but no real distinguishing flavours – initially doesn’t deliver from nose to mouth. Slightly hot, quite long finish   BG: Light, slightly baked fruit, warm, bit of exotic spice   AKG: Nice mouth feel, silky, hard to dislike. Well endowed, perfume   JL: Forward, strawberry – quite tart – light tannin – dry. Quite short & acidic   KM: Light body, nice fruit, subtle earthiness, fairly high acidity   MW: Soft, light, strawberry, medium acid, cherry finish – medium short. Opening and improves with time!

Notes:
Closure – cork

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#2 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008  13%

Quality Rating: C- to C ~ 85   Value Rating: C-

Price: $20.00

Eye
LC: Red turning to garnet    BG: Light, dried cherry, light rim    AKG: Cherry, medium thinness    JL: Medium to light garnet. Faint hint of purple at rim    KM: Bright ruby    MW: Medium colour throughout

Nose
LC: Raspberry, volatile but did blow off    BG: Dried cherry, alcohol, cranberry, acid, bit gamey    AKG: Basement, watermelon, green    JL: Notes of strawberry – slightly musty – low fruit    KM: Fair amount of alcohol on the nose   MW: Medicinal cherry, hint mushroom

Palate
LC: Raspberry – acidic, slightly hot. Fine tannins. Short fruit – acid lingers with slight bitterness. No change in glass until towards the end of the tasting    BG: Earthy, acid, some tannic grip, simple, not a lot of fruit, still developing?    AKG: Forward in the mouth. Licorice flavour. Strange structure – seems like an odd shape. Bark, tannic at aftertaste. Doesn’t really go anywhere.    JL: Very dry and tannic – firm acid – no fruit, short, tart, dry – Oregon?    KM: A touch earthy, very light smoke flavour, eucalyptus, lacks fruit.    MW: Fuller bodied, hints of mushroom, ripe berry fruit, hint of heat, alcohol,. Earthy finish, stewed fruit.

Notes:
Closure – Composite Cork

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#3 Black Cloud Alto Stratus Pinot Noir 2008  13.2%

Quality Rating: C+ to B- ~ 89    Value Rating: C to C+

Price: $35.00


Eye
LC: Purple to ruby, purple carried to rim almost    BG: Light/medium, purplish rim/blue    AKG: Bubbles, purple, fairly deep    JL: Medium Garnet with deep purple rims    KM: Bright ruby, almost magenta undertone    MW: Medium dark throughout

Nose
LC: Vanilla, dusty, cherry/earthy    BG: Tar, velvety fruit, plum dried and fresh. Wood, cardboard    AKG: Alcohol, rubber, sterile washed carpet, tobacco
JL: Bright, forward sour cherry/ quince nose – spicy-clove/cinnamon/nutmeg – dentist? Anise    KM: Earthy with cherry and a hint of raspberry, a little alcoholic    MW: Hint of alcohol, mushroom, earthy, strawberry

Palate
LC: Sour cherry, not overly complex in mouth. Firm tannin, acid balanced with fruit medium/large finish. Peppery to slight bitterness. Evolving in glass, sweetness developed. Needs time    BG: Tar, simple, end is acidic, lots of promise though, developed length    AKG: Very pleasing flavour to start, black cherry, white pepper    JL: Very tart – medium tannins – very dry – spicy candy notes – very short – but lacks fruit    KM: Cherry ! Leathery note, almost tobacco leaf like    MW: Medium bodied, mushroom, unripe strawberry, cherry, white pepper, acidic cherry finish long , nice and complex

Notes:
2008 was the first year that Altostratus Pinot Noir was produced. It is a single vineyard wine from clones 115 and 667.
Closure – cork

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#4 Fort Berens Pinot Noir 2008  12.7%

Quality Rating: B- ~ 92    Value Rating: B-
Price: $20.00

Eye
LC: Deep garnet/ brick – carries to edge    BG: Bricky rim, light/medium depth    AKG: Browny-red, bubbles, fairly dense    JL: Deep garnet – to tawny bricky edges    KM: Garnet colour    MW: Medium light, brown edge

Nose
LC: Sweet nose, earthy-dusty, spices (? mace, cinnamon, overlying strawberry & caramel    BG: Leather, spice, Italian style savoury fruit, menthol, clove    AKG: Medicine cabinet, earthy, coffee, blackberry, coca cola    JL: Complex strawberry lightly spiced – slightly strawberry    KM: Vanilla, violets, stewed cherries, coca cola    MW: Barnyard, clove, mushrooms, strawberry, earthy

Palate
LC: Strawberry, hint of anise, – “Play Doh”. Good balance of fruit, acid – very fine tannins – slightly hot finish. Long finish.    BG: Savory fruit, dried out but mature flavours, Long     aftertaste, echoes of game, dried sausage, savoury fruit    AKG: Acidic, long aftertaste, becomes more complex, oaky on finish, blackberry. Slight bitter edge, vanilla, rosemary    JL: Tart – dry-tannic – dry fruit – truffles & mushrooms – medium long. Has promise. French? Coca cola finish fading now    KM: a bit spicy- hint of anise, vanilla. More elegant than previous three wines    MW: Medium tannins, mushroom & cherry fruit, crisp acid, violets, long, soft finish, fading at finish to rubbery

Notes:
Closure – cork

Fort Berens Pinot NoirCurrent Vintage & Availability

 

#5 Howling Bluff Pinot Noir 2008  13.2%

Quality Rating: B- ~ 90    Value Rating: B-
Price: $26.00

Howling Bluff Summa Quies Pinot Noir 2008 Label - BC Pinot Noir Tasting Review 4

Howling Bluff Summa Quies Pinot Noir 2008

Eye
LC: Deep red    BG: Cherry rim, medium to light depth   AKG: Purple – cherry, seems thick    JL: Youthful bluish rim over dark ruby/garnet    KM: Deep ruby    MW: Medium dark to edge

Nose
LC: Meaty, earthy-barnyard. Any fruit seems covered    BG: Pomegranate, cherry/raspberry, mushroom    AKG: Barnyard, carrot cake, yam, fireplace, buttery    JL: Bright forward cinnamon/merde/earthy – berry candy- mushrooms    KM: Barnyard, meaty but with a sweet component, almost toffee    MW: Candied rose, hint barnyard , mushroom, non alcoholic

Palate
LC: Hard berry candy, simple berry-acid. Short finish. Needs time    BG: Short, pomegranate, tannic grip , undeveloped    AKG: Candy, plum, acidic, average shape    JL: Full rich tannic – strawberry & Cherry – dry, medium long – lovely finish    KM: Cherry, strawberry, subtle earthiness    MW: Strawberry, vegetal, hint sweet fruit in finish.

Notes:
Closure – Stelvin

Howling Bluff Pinot NoirCurrent Vintage & Availability

 

#6 Staede Landt Pinot Noir (New Zealand) 2008  14%

Quality Rating: B ~ 92    Value Rating: B
Price: $26.00

Eye
LC: Purplish to rim    BG: Cherry rim, light cherry heart    AKG: Purplish edge to cherry. Lighter and thinner looking, but viscous    JL: Deep purplish garnet    KM: Bright ruby
MW: Medium dark to edge

Nose
LC: Strawberry, hint of mushroom, faint spiciness    BG: Cherry, not much nuance    AKG: Chamomile, thyme, alcohol, cherry, orange oil    JL: Cherries – upfront – woody    KM: Strawberry, cherry, very slight but not unpleasant musty aroma    MW: Astringent cherry, hint of heat, strawberry, clove

Palate
LC: Sweet fruit. Well balanced. Medium/long finish, slightly hot    BG: Well knit, silky mouthfeel, aftertaste is cherry/wood    AKG: Good shape, vanilla, caramel, peppery, very silky, candied orange    JL: Rich cherry/ oaky fruit – full body – tannin & Acid in balance- dry long cherry finish – mushrooms – slightly hot    KM: Silky velvety tannins, bright fruit, beautiful mouthfeel    MW: Bright fruit, sake finish, candied fruit

#7 8th Generation Pinot Noir 2008  14.2%

Quality Rating: B+ ~  94   Value Rating: A-
Price: $24.00

Eye
LC: Ruby-garnet    BG: Dried Cherry    AKG: Garnet – slowly smooth    JL: Bright ruby/garnet    KM: Somewhere between ruby and garnet    MW: Medium to edge

Nose
LC: Mushroom, strawberry – cherry    BG: Grape, cherry, green leaf, slightly sappy    AKG: Floral, barnyard    JL: Spicy strawberry – barnyard – still simple    KM: Faint barnyard, caramel vanilla, fresh cherry    MW: Barnyard, mushroom, cherry , spice, clove

Palate
LC: Sweet fruit, spicy – white pepper. Elegant beautifully balanced. Medium/long finish with mild heat    BG: Pomegranate, silky, very long    AKG: Salty, smooth, caramel, elegant    JL: Rich and round – spicy – hot – slightly tannic – great fruit- lovely balance – classic    KM: Bright fruit, nice acid & tannin, a hint of spiciness, (vanilla, cloves, nutmeg)    MW: Rich, hint of heat, caramel finish, sweet fruit

Notes:
Closure – cork

8th Generation Pinot NoirCurrent Vintage & Availability

Tasting Held March 1, 2011

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