Tasting #10 – How ready are the 2010s?

Caps Corks Capsules 2010 BC Pinot Noirs Tasting 10

Caps Corks Capsules 2010 BC Pinot Noirs

Wines from Oliver, Naramata, West Kelowna and Creston – “Guest Pinot” from Chile

“Cherry flavours come to life, depth, earthy notes of barn, hay, mushrooms…” – JG
Very ripe fruit, long building finish, black cherry -bing cherry on finish” – EU

Name of WinePriceQualityValue
#1 Cassini Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 $25.00C ~ 86C- ~ 84
#2 Howling Bluff Three Sisters Pinot Noir 2010$25.00C+ ~ 88 C+ ~ 88
#3 Baillie-Grohman Pinot Noir 2010$25.00C to C+ ~ 87C to C+ ~ 87
#4 Quail’s Gate Pinot Noir Clone 828 2010$55.00C- to C ~ 85D to D+ ~ 81
#5 Tabali Pinot Noir 2010 (Chile)$19.00C to C+ ~ 87 C+ to B- ~ 89
#6 Haywire Pinot Noir 2010$27.00C+ to B- ~ 89C to C+ ~ 87
#7 Joie Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 $40.00B ~ 92 C ~ 86

#1 Cassini Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 13.5%

Quality Rating: C ~ 86    Value Rating: C-
Price: $25.00-30.00

Cassini Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 Label - BC Pinot Noir Tasting Review 10

Cassini Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

Eye
LC: Light, quite brownish, bricky watery at rim    BG: Quite pale, bricky/garnet rim    JG: Clean, clear, water rim, no viscosity, garnet, some age    AKG: Rusty edge, brick, washed out    EU: Dark garnet-brownish light colour

Nose
LC: Inviting, strawberry,caramel grew stronger. Most pinot like nose once opened    BG: Savoury caramel, pomegranate, light stewed fruit    JG: Clean, nose forward, unripe blueberry, peppery, caramel or sweet dried figs or plums    AKG: Floral, spicy (cinnamon)    EU: Lime, dried fruit(raisin cherry) earth

Palate
LC: Good acid, tannins soft , good finish, long quite elegant, slight heat, strawberry, delivers what nose promises, sweet    BG: Tired fruit, fairly short, bit hot, undistinguished acid/mild tannin on finish    JG: Sweet component follows on the palate, vanilla, touch of oak flavours . green finish to it- low alcohol – forgettable    AKG: Long flavour, mineral, nice but not really a wow    EU: Wood, citric, light cherry juice

Cases Produced: 115    Winemaker: Adrian Cassini, Philip Soo     Vineyard Source: Barbieri Vineyard North of Oliver    Cellar Notes: aged for 12 months in new and 2 year old barrels, 80%French and 20 % American    Alcohol: 13.5%

Notes:
Closure – cork

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#2 Howling Bluff Three Sisters Pinot Noir 2010 13%

Quality Rating: C to C+ ~ 87    Value Rating: C to C+
Price: $28.00

Howling Bluff Summa Quies Three Sisters Pinot Noir 2010 Label - BC Pinot Noir Tasting Review 10

Howling Bluff Summa Quies Three Sisters Pinot Noir 2010

Eye

LC: Fair depth, garnet    BG: Cherry, purplish tim, med light depth    JG: Clear, Purple, clear rim    AKG: Cherry, a bit dull    EU: Dark purple red

Nose
LC: No real fruit, something appealing Oriental or synthetic, dried geranium? mushroom, dried roses Initially slight anise, spice market, wax crayon    BG: Wet wool, geraniums, flowers! candied    JG: Raspberry, cherry compote, floral component, hay, warm ,alcohol    AKG: Child’s felt marker?, alcohol, floral, malaysian curry? SE Asian market, Damian?    EU: Floral(violet, rose) jasmine, cherry, very ripe/bruised fruit, black cherry

Palate
LC: sour cherry Pixie Stix. clean acid, heat on finish but not terrific – longish due to heat/acid    BG: Very long floral flavour, silky, stewed plums, blackberry, strawberry    JG: Dry, medium acidity, med alcohol, young, fruit raspberry/cherry wine is clean, simple, fruit forward med finish. light and easy drinking, good acidity, missing some earthy elements. could be more complete – good    AKG: Acidic, rich mouth feel, cherry, wood, simple but pleasing    EU: Clean bright cherry, balanced tannin/acidity, very ripe fruit, long building finish, black cherry -bing cherry on finish

Notes:
Winemaker: Luke Smith  Cases Produced: 275
Closure – Stelvin screwtop

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#3 Baillie-Grohman Pinot Noir 2010 13%

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

Baillie Grohman Pinot Noir 2010 Label - BC Pinot Noir Tasting Review 10

Baillie-Grohman Pinot Noir 2010

Eye
LC: Purplish but brownish? rim    BG: Medium light depth, garnet rim    JG: Clear, light garnet- 2-5 years old, watery rims and legs    AKG: Garnet, glossy    EU: Dark purple red

Nose
LC: Hints of strawberry/cranberry & violets but waxy overtones    BG: Sulphur, pomegranate, cherry    JG: Clean, raspberry, strawberry, vanilla, leather, waxy candle component. Green element -pepper? white pepper    AKG: Smells big, caramel, fruity, smoky    EU: Light, meaty, cherry, plum, strawberry

Palate
LC: Sour-acid, medium long finish. cranberry perhaps    BG: Cherry & bit pomegranate. long & lingering wood , floral, crayon. Bit soft .black fruits? Cowichan valley?    JG: Stalky green element , bitter, pepper taste comes forward, not a ton of fruit, slightly unbalanced- oak flavours don’t come forward    AKG: Peppery, acidic, plum, nice shape, has light but good body, salty    EU: Longish sour cherry finish, light meaty notes, good acid balance, tastes like a pinot noir

Cases Produced: 250    Winemaker: Dan Barker     Vineyard Source: Estate    Clones: 115, 667, 777    Cellar Notes: 12 months in new and seasoned oak    Alcohol: 13%

Notes:
Closure – Stelvin screwtop

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#4 Quail’s Gate Pinot Noir Clone 828 14%

Quality Rating: C- to C ~ 85    Value Rating: D to D+
Price: $55.00

Quails' Gate Clone 828 Pinot Noir 2010 Label - BC Pinot Noir Tasting Review 10

Quails’ Gate Pinot Noir Clone 828 2010

Eye
LC: Purple quite dense colour    BG: Cherry/riby rim, med light depth    JG: Clear, dark purple, water rim & legs    AKG: Rich cherry    EU: dark red purple

Nose
LC: Fairly complex, waxy, violets    BG: Roses/violets. sweet cherry/sour cherry, luscious, hospital/pine, menthol, blueberry, acetone    JG: Clean cherry, ripe red fruit, almost spoiled fruit, little oxidized, sour    AKG: Shoes, vanilla creaminess, strawberry    EU: Wood (vanilla, spice) – cherry vanilla strawberry. chemical (ketones)

Palate
LC: Spicy, sour cherry, cranberry. simple. developed a chemical/acetone taste. tannins still quite firm. longish finish. bad points amplified the longer the wine was open    BG: Bit of tannic grip, cherry/beet/pomegranate hot, drifting, floral, big lingering fruit in aftertaste    JG: Tannins med + unbalanced, something faulty    AKG: quite tannic cherry, a bit boring, overly strong at the front, no ending, woody    EU: Very distinct acid, + tannin, cherry

Notes:
Closure – Stelvin screwtop

Quails’ Gate Pinot NoirCurrent Vintage & Availability

 

#5 Tabali Pinot Noir 2010 (Chile)13.5%

Quality Rating: C to C+ ~ 87    Value Rating: C+ to B-
Price:$19.00

Tabali Pinot Noir 2010 Label - BC Pinot Noir Tasting Review 10

Tabali Pinot Noir 2010

Eye
LC: Ruby   BG: Cherry rim, medium light in depth    JG: Clear, purple, watery rim & legs    AKG: Fresh cherry, dark and glossy    EU: dark purple red

Nose
LC: Raspberry, wood, slightly mushroomy    BG: Tannin/barrel, bramble/vinous    JG: Clean, delicate fresh cherries, violets, a hint of vanilla    AKG: gassy, cleaning product, distant    EU: Floral (rose) cherry, roast oats/nuts?

Palate
LC: Raspberry/pomegranate, good tannnins & acidity a bit hot finished with menthol    BG: Beaujolais? all fruit/simple , low acid. very soft tannins. very little complexity    JG: acidity med +, fruit forward, not a typical PN. cherries come forward, greenbitter mid-palate, med finish, no oak flavours on the palate. This doesn’t quite represent the variety    AKG: blackberry, a bit tannic, vanilla, caramel    EU: Spicy, (cinnamon, nutmeg) roasted nuts, cherry , roast fruit, very well balanced tannin acid

#6 Haywire Pinot Noir 2010 13%

Quality Rating: C+ to B- ~ 89    Value Rating: C to C+
Price: $27.00

Haywire Pinot Noir 2010 Label - BC Pinot Noir Tasting Review 10

Haywire Pinot Noir 2010

Eye
LC: Red to rim    BG: Ruby rim    JG: Clear, light garnet, watery rim & legs, young    AKG: Garnet    EU: Ruby, cherry red

Nose
LC: Strawberry-sweet cherry, mace-nutmeg    BG: Floral, pretty fruit, compote, bit of barnyard/chocolate    JG: Clean strawberry, cranberry, touch of vanilla, wet forest    AKG: fruity, caramel    EU: Mushroom ,m barnyard savoury, rose cherry, roast fruit, green leaf, stemmy

Palate
LC: Sweet fruit, clean, finishes medium but hot or acidic. simple quite well balanced    BG: Unusual pleasing Blueberry/raspberry combination, bit stemmy    JG: Dry, tannin med, acidity med-, strawberry coming forward, this is a BC pinot noir profile, balanced fruit forward, light, med complexity. Good.    AKG: spicy, vanilla, rich, balanced    EU: Cherry, vanilla spice(sweet) long tannin in finish good balance

Notes:
Closure – Stelvin screwtop

Haywire Pinot NoirCurrent Vintage & Availability

 

#7 Joie Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 13.5%

Quality Rating: B ~ 92    Value Rating: C
Price: $40.00

Joie Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 Label - BC Pinot Noir Tasting Review 10

Joie Pinot Noir Reserve 2010

Eye
LC: Garnet    BG: Garnet rim    JG: Clear, dark purple, watery rim, light legs, almost non-existent    AKG: cherry, quite clear    EU: Dark red, brown overcast

Nose
LC: Complex, christmas baking-cherry, spicy, slight mushroom    BG: Light wood but otherwise very little,/candied    JG: Clean, barn, stable, hay, cooked cherries    AKG: cherry chocolate    EU: Caramel, red fruits, roses

Palate
LC: Full mouthfeel-wel integrated & balanced. strawberry & cherry Smooth. Yummy!    BG: Focused fruit. long, earthy, delicious, very long, well balanced, graceful    JG: Dry, acidity med, cherry flavours come to life, depth, earthy notes of barn, hay, mushrooms. well balanced, young, potential for age pleasant  Good+    AKG: vanilla, strawberry, long aftertaste, well balanced    EU: Good wood, vanilla, cherries, plums

Notes:
Closure – cork

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Tasting Held January 7th, 2014

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